In Brief: Fewer people are applying for asylum in Germany

For the third year running, the number of people applying for asylum in Germany has dropped. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says German policies for organized immigration are working.

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Fewer people are applying for asylum in Germany. In 2019, 111,000 applications for asylum were submitted.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, that’s 14% less than the year before. The main countries of origin for asylum seekers in Germany are Syria, Iraq, and Turkey.

Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer says this is the third year in a row that the number of asylum seekers has decreased. Seehofer says the continued drop shows that measures taken in recent years are effective against unregulated immigration.


The German online bank DKB says it was the victim of a hacking attack.

According to the bank, the attack made several internet services inaccessible to customers on Wednesday, but that previously scheduled bank transfers and the use of bank cards were unaffected.

In a statement, the bank said measures were being taken to ensure that all services would soon be fully operational, and there are currently no signs that customers’ personal data was breached.


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