Arrivals of asylum seekers in Germany, led by Syrians fleeing war, declined for a fourth consecutive month in March, according to Interior Ministry data. Though Angela Merkel’s government says it’s too early to declare a trend, the decline may offer a respite for the German chancellor who’s facing resistance at home and in Europe to her open-door policy. Some 20,600 refugees came to Germany in March, compared with 206,000 in November, when last year’s record influx peaked.

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