German Refugee Influx Drops to 210,000 This Year, Minister Says

Germany’s influx of asylum seekers declined to 210,000 during the first nine months of the year, a sign that measures to reduce the number of arrivals are working, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

The data suggest Germany may meet the projection of limiting this year’s inflow to slightly less than 300,000, the target cited by Federal Office for Migration and Refugees head Frank-Juergen Weise in a Bild am Sonntag newspaper interview in August. That compares with an estimated 890,000 arrivals in 2015, a revised number cited by de Maiziere on Friday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government previously said about 1 million refugees entered the country last year. Either way, it’s the biggest influx since the end of World War II.

Since the rush of refugees peaked last November, Germany has tightened asylum rules, increased border controls and trimmed benefits for migrants. A refugee accord between the European Union and Turkey as well as border closures along the route from Greece through southeastern Europe have cut the number of arrivals.

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