Germany has set the record for the number of requests for asylum, Reuters reports. More than 181.4 thousand requests for asylum have been registered during the three months of this year, Germany’s Ministry of Internal Affairs says. The number of requests was increased by 112%, as compared with the same period of last year.
The ministry explains this sharp jump by some special features of the application process. An applicant should spend several weeks or months in a place of shelter before appealing to the authorities.
Thus, a lot of people out of the million of migrants who came to Germany last year have been able to file all the necessary documents just recently. Due to the huge number of migrants waiting to apply for asylum, German authorities have left about 60 thousand of applications for March 2016. It has influenced formal reports.
Furthermore, German authorities state that closure of the so-called Balkan route has practically stopped the flow of refugees into the country.
After Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria have announced the closure of borders to refugees from the Middle East (the Balkan route), the main flow of migrants went through Italy. The refugees try to get to Austria and then reach Germany. One of the main ways goes through the Alpine Brenner Pass. On March 3, there were clashes between Austrian police and hundreds of protesters from Italy, Austria and Germany, who demanded to open the border for refugees. As a result, 15 people were injured there.
In 2015, the European Union faced huge migrant crisis. Most migrants arrived from Syria where a civil war has been raging since 2011. According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the crisis is the most difficult test she has ever had.