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.

  • Islam Is a Crock

    Could anyone please enlighten me as to why so many Muslims are fleeing their Islamic Utopias??

    • eMan14

      That is a truth that no one seems to be talking about. Unless of course it’s people like us.

      • k1962

        Oh people (so-called progressives) do talk about it. They blame the U.S., Bush etc.

    • tom_billesley

      So unselfish of them to want to bring that utopia to us.

    • Guest

      To add our countries to the Ummah: it is a religious requirement on their part to subjugate us.

  • tom_billesley

    Official figures are a matter of politics not statistics. The national and regional politicians have a number of conflicting interests involved. They want to inflate the figures for liberal bragging rights on the international stage but deflate them when “informing” their electorate. They like to have a number of different academic and government measures and estimates of migration in play, so they can pick a figure to suit the moment.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Europe has become Africa’s toilet.

  • k1962

    That is an insane number of people to be taking in and we are just talking refugees not immigrants. They must be suicidal.

  • Kathy Nelson

    I wonder, just out of curiosity, how many refugees, migrants and asylum seekers Japan receives:

    Japan accepts just 11 asylum seekers from record 5,000 applications in 2014

    No country for refugees? Japan and South Korea’s tough asylum policies