Germany records 3 200 complaints over asylum backlog

2016-06-12 23:15
Migrants and refugees crowd as they wait for registration in Berlin. (Markus Schreiber, AP)

Migrants and refugees crowd as they wait for registration in Berlin. (Markus Schreiber, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Berlin - Thousands of migrants have filed complaints against German authorities over the lengthy asylum-seeking process, according to official data seen by AFP Sunday.

A total of 3 271 such cases had been filed by the end of March, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees said in a written reply to a question from a lawmaker.

Such complaints could be deemed valid if authorities are found to have failed to issue a decision on an application within a specific time frame.

About a third of the cases are before the courts in Germany's most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia.

Migration office chief Frank-Jürgen Weise had admitted in February that the authorities were running a massive backlog of refugee applications, after 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year alone.

He said then that between 670 000 and 770 000 people who arrived in Germany last year still had not received the final decision on their asylum applications.

The interior ministry said at the end of April that the asylum application process lasts an average of 5.8 months, up from the 4.9 month average in last August.

Read more on:    germany  |  migrants

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.