Ger­many ex­pects 300,000 asy­lum seek­ers

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Ger­many ex­pects up to 300,000 asy­lum seek­ers to ar­rive this year, less than one-third of the to­tal dur­ing 2015’s record in­flux, the Fed­eral Of­fice for Mi­grants and Refugees (BAMF) said. BAMF chief Frank-Juer­gen Weise told the Bild am Son­ntag news­pa­per that Ger­many’s healthy econ­omy and im­prove­ments to refugee ser­vices over the last year meant that the coun­try was well-placed to ab­sorb new arrivals, par­tic­u­larly as their num­bers have dropped off. “We are pre­par­ing for be­tween 250,000 and 300,000 refugees this year,” he said. Nearly 1.1 mil­lion asy­lum seek­ers ar­rived in Ger­many, Europe’s top eco­nomic power, last year, putting enor­mous strain on the coun­try’s bu­reau­cracy to process claims and test­ing con­fi­dence in Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s right-left coali­tion gov­ern­ment. – AFP

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