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Refugee numbers in Germany dropped dramatically in 2017

186,644 asylum seekers were registered last year. That’s down more than 100,000 from 2016 – the Germany Interior Ministry says the massive numbers from the height of the crisis have been “overcome.”

The figures German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced in Berlin on Tuesday showed that the waves of refugees arriving in Germany continue to recede.

The Office of Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) registered 186,644 asylum seekers in 2017 compared to approximately 280,000 the year before and far fewer than the peak of 890,000 in 2015.

De Maizière, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, said that refugees, particularly from the Middle East and Afghanistan, remained a general European problem. But he added that, for now, the greatest influx was past for Germany.

“The crisis of the extremely high figure of 2015 and 2016 has been overcome,” de Maizière said. “The BAMF is no longer is occupied with trying to master the crisis,” the Interior Minister added.

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