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Arrival and asylum process

Asylum seekers in Germany (photo: dpa-Bildfunk) © dpa-Bildfunk

The latest asylum figures

As at 31 December 2016, a total of 28,831 asylum seekers (asylum-seekers undergoing the asylum-seeking procedure as well as rejected asylum-seekers) were living in Saxony. Of these, 27,188 people were living in municipalities, and 1,643 in the state's initial reception centres.

The number of new arrivals at Saxon initial reception centres (IRC) increased sixfold in 2015 compared to the same time the previous year. While a total of 11,786 asylum-seekers came to Saxony in 2014, some 69,900 were registered at Saxony's IRCs between January and December 2015. In 2016, around 14,860 had entered Saxony up to the end of December.

The number of refugees who entered Saxony in December 2016 was 817.

Around 42 percent of the asylum-seekers who arrived in Saxony in 2015 come from Syria. The four most common countries of origin are Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

From 1 January to 31 December 2016, 19 percent of the asylum-seekers arriving in Saxony came from Syria, followed by refugees from Afghanistan (13.3 percent), Iraq (10.6 percent), Libya (7.1 percent) and Russian Federation (6.8 percent).

Herkunftsländer der Asylsuchenden in Sachsen im Jahr 2016 © Sächsische Staatskanzlei

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) recorded a total of 28,317 initial and follow-up applicants for Saxony in 2015. Between 1 January and 31 December 2016, a total of 24,684 initial and follow-up applications were lodged in Saxony. It is not possible to directly compare arrivals at the initial reception centres, as the actual asylum applications are generally not received by the BAMF until several days or weeks later.

year number
2010 2,305
2011 2,475
2012 3,382
2013 5,645
2014 6,930
2015 28,317
2016 24,684*

* cut-off date: 31/12/2016

Source: BAMF

A total of 1,725 deportations occurred in 2015. Between January and the end of December 2016 about 3,377 asylum-seekers were forced out of the country. Deportation figures for previous years are as follows:

year number
2010 789
2011 929
2012 765
2013 1,230
2014 1,037
2015 1,725
2016 3,377*

*Deportations as per Section 58 Para. 1 and 3 of the German Residence Act (AufenthG), cut-off date: 31/12/2016

Figures from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

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