An official of the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) hands an ID card to an asylum-seeker. BAMF is responsible for the central administration of data about resident foreigners in Germany/ Photo: BAMF

Germany: Syrians, Iraqis and Nigerians top asylum applications in January

German officials say 12,285 people applied for asylum in the country in January. That is a 15 percent drop compared with the same month last year. In January 2017, Germany recorded 14,476 new asylum requests, while some 13,082 people applied for asylum in December 2017.

Figures published by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday show most new asylum-seekers last month originated from Syria (2.590), Iraq (1.317) and Nigeria (948).

According to the statistics released, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees decided on more than 29,000 asylum applications in January. 16 percent of the applicants received protection under the Geneva Refugee Convention and about 12 percent subsidiary protection. The applications by 11,433 persons (39.2 percent) were rejected.

The number of new asylum requests in Germany has steadily declined since the dramatic influx of 2015 as European countries enforce stricter border controls and clamp down on people-smuggling across the Mediterranean.

European states have enforced stricter border controls and clamped down on people-smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea.

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