Germany faces backlog of 250 000 asylum bids

2015-08-04 18:24
Asylum seekers walk outside the central refugee camp in Giessen, Germany. (Michael Probst, AP)

Asylum seekers walk outside the central refugee camp in Giessen, Germany. (Michael Probst, AP)

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Ulm - German authorities are facing a backlog of 250 000 asylum bids amid an unprecedented influx of migrants that is expected to reach nearly 500 000 over the course of 2015, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) confirmed late on Monday.

"That number sounds enormous, and in fact it is enormous," Bamf president Manfred Schmidt said during a visit to an asylum seekers' home in the southern German town of Ellwangen.

Schmidt added that although 100 000 of the asylum bids are from countries such as Syria, where the outcome is easy to determine, even this would take three months to complete.

State expenses related to processing and accommodating migrants are expected to more than double this year to €5bn ($5.49bn) from €2.2bn in 2014.

German authorities are resorting to tent cities to house the arriving asylum seekers, who come from countries that include Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Serbia.

Right-wing violence against immigrants and attacks on their accommodation are becoming an almost weekly occurrence, with 202 incidents recorded in the first half of 2015.

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