At least 3.3 million people were living in Germany in 2021, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, who immigrated to that country after fleeing, being expelled or seeking asylum.
These conclusions were made in the latest report of the Federal Statistical Office, published on the occasion of World Refugee Day, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the office’s announcement, the refugee experience during and after previous refugee movements is receiving more attention due to the war in Ukraine, which was triggered by the all-out Russian invasion.
To celebrate World Refugee Day and Germany’s Day of Remembrance for Refugees and Displaced Persons on June 20, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), based on data from the 2021 partial census, reports that 2.3 million people have migrated since 1950 due to flight and expulsion. In addition, there are 962,000 Another person was expelled from World War II,” the statement read.
And German Interior Minister Nancy Visser previously stressed that the number of refugees from Ukraine who arrived in the country is less than before, stressing that the German authorities register only 2,000 refugees per day.
Besides, Minister Visser revealed that on May 14, the number had fallen from a total of 15,000 registered in mid-March, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine was just a few weeks ago.
In addition, the Minister stressed that the majority of refugees from Ukraine may return to their homeland.
In this regard, the minister pointed out that “some will stay if people see an opportunity to stand on their feet in the German labor market with their qualifications.”
Previously, the German Interior Ministry revealed its plans which include, among other things, restrictions on the number of refugees from Afghanistan being accepted into Germany.
In this regard, according to the German magazine “Der Spiegel”, the ministry itself only plans to accept a total of 5,000 citizens of Afghanistan each year.
European countries receive a large number of refugees from Ukraine. It was recently reported that the number of refugees from Ukraine arriving in the European Union has exceeded 5.7 million since February 24, when Russia began invading its neighboring country.
On the other hand, according to the latest figures provided by the European Union Statistical Office, Eurostat, a total of 73,850 first-time applications for international protection were registered in the EU countries, which is an increase of 115 percent compared to the figures for the same period last year, As 34,310 applications were registered during the month, an overall increase of 35 percent over February 2022 figures.