Fewer refugees than expected arrived in Germany | TIME ONLINE

    
                        
                According to Horst Seehofer, in 2018 around 100,000 refugees and migrants have come to Germany. This is far below the threshold demanded by the CSU.
                        
            
    
        
            
                                    
        
        In 2018, far fewer migrants have come to Germany than expected.
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                According to information provided by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), about 100,000 refugees and migrants have come to Germany this year. As in November and December traditionally fewer people would come to the Federal Republic again, he expects to remain well below the threshold of 200,000 refugees and migrants per year, said Seehofer, according to participants in the meeting of the Union faction in the Bundestag.
                
            As late as June, the Federal Interior Minister said that the "corridor" set by the Grand Coalition could still "reach or even be exceeded" from 180,000 to 220,000 refugees in 2018. After long discussions, the coalition had agreed on an "upper limit" on the "corridor", taking into account both immigration and deported and voluntary returnees. According to the Ministry of Interior, 124,000 asylum applications were filed in Germany this year until September. In addition, about 19,000 family reunification visas were issued in the first half of the year from the main countries of origin of the asylum seekers. Few thousand more refugees entered through the "resettlement program". At the same time, about 16,000 people were deported by August, with around 12,000 returning voluntarily to their countries of origin. In 2017, a total of 187,000 people applied for asylum in Germany. Compared to previous years, significantly fewer refugees and migrants have arrived throughout the EU this year. Already in 2017, the number of asylum applications in the EU fell by almost half.
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