Asylum in Germany in perspective

European refugee crisis 2016 Enlarge image European refugee crisis 2016 - long queues of refugees (© picture alliance / dpa, © dpa)

2015 saw an unprecedented peak in migration to Germany. According to the official statistics of the German government a total of 476,649 asylum applications were submitted. This is 135 percent more than in the previous year. The majority of asylum seekers came from Syria, 34 percent of the applications. As a rule, these people are entitled to protection in Germany after the completion of the asylum procedure. Approximately 30 percent of asylum seekers came from the Balkan countries of Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. In the second half of the year, however, their share steadily decreased, probably because they have now been classified as coming from safe countries of origin (December 2015: 8 percent). 

Greatest challenge since the post-war period

“The actual number of people who have entered with the purpose of applying for asylum is much higher”, said German Interior Minister de Maizière. Estimated numbers amount to about 1.1 million. The reason for this is that the formal application for asylum is sometimes delayed and and a number of people moved on to other EU countries. “The enormous influx makes us face challenges we have not seen since the immediate post-war period”, said de Maizière.


Many people have lost their life on their way to Europe trusting the promises of ruthless human traffickers. The German Foreign Office has created a #RumoursAboutGermany pamphlet, correcting the spread lies about asylum in Germany.

Rumours about Germany [pdf, 204.2k]

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German Immigration Act


Information on residence permits and other provisions on the entry of foreigners into Germany, their residence in the country, various residence purposes, the termination of residence and asylum procedures on the website of the Federal Foreign Office

German Asylum Law

Refugees in Germany

Information on German Asylum Law on the Website of the Federal Foreign Office