More than three million people are seeking protection in Germany

The most people, 977.000, came from Ukraine last year, although this is three percent less than in 2022, the first year of the war.

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The number of foreigners seeking protection in Germany rose again last year. At the end of 2023, 3,17 million people were registered in the Central Register of Foreigners, 95.000 more than the previous year, the Federal Bureau of Statistics announced on Thursday.

Due to the war in Ukraine, there were also more people seeking protection in 2022. They stay in Germany based on reasons defined in international law, as well as for humanitarian or political reasons.

The most people, 977.000, came from Ukraine last year, although this is three percent less than in 2022, the first year of the war.

The second largest group of 712.000 people are Syrians, six percent more than the year before. Followed by 323.000 Afghans, which is an increase of 13 percent.

In fourth place - although there are five percent fewer than in 2022 - are 200.000 people from Iraq. 152.000 requested protection from Turkey, 51 percent more.

These five nationalities account for almost three quarters of all those seeking protection.

At the end of 2023, more than 2,5 million people had the status of protection for humanitarian reasons. That was 12 percent more than the year before, which was mainly contributed by the recognition of Ukrainian war refugees. The vast majority of these people, 87 percent, have the status of temporary protection.

About half of people with temporary residence status have gone through the process of seeking asylum. There was also protection without a request for asylum, as was granted after the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

On the other hand, there were 189.000 refugees whose asylum applications were rejected or who lost their protection status.

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