Report: German refugee figures ‘underestimated’

Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, nearly 50,000 more than first thought, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015.

According to the conservative newspaper, which cited details of a telephone conference between the interior ministers of German states, “302,415 asylum seekers have already been registered” this year.

This figure is higher than the one given by the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) which recorded 258,000 current requests. According to Die Welt, this is because the state figures have not yet been picked up at federal level and have therefore not been considered by the BAMF.

Germany’s states, which are redistributing asylum seekers on the basis of their capacity to do so, have repeatedly sounded alarms and called for greater federal aid to cope with the influx.

The refugees’ office had initially been expecting 450,000 asylum seekers in 2015 but had to revise this forecast upwards to an unprecedented 500,000 people.