Berlin faces asy­lum cases

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BERLIN: The refugees who en­tered Ger­many in 2015 are now hit­ting the courts, as mi­grants seek­ing re­lief from the Syr­ian war chal­lenge ef­forts by Europe’s most wel­com­ing state to limit their rights.

Some 250 000 asy­lum ap­peals are pend­ing, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from an as­so­ci­a­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tive court judges.

Stephan Groscurth, a spokesman for Berlin’s ad­min­is­tra­tive court, said the ap­peals – filed by the grow­ing num­ber of mi­grants who have been de­nied pro­tec­tion or given less than they were seek­ing – made up two-thirds of court busi­ness. “This will paral­yse us for years,” a judge said.

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