Asylum applications to Germany up by 61 percent this year

June 12, 2014 6:22 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Refugees from Syria’s civil war drove a 61 percent annual increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany between January and May, Interior Ministry figures showed on Thursday.

The data showing a rise in asylum applications to 62,602 in the first five months of the year comes as authorities debate how to ease Germany’s immigration burden.

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