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Germany to Allocate 120 Million Euro to Protect Refugees in 2022

The German Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the German government will allocate a total of 120 million euros for the next year, an amount aimed at protecting refugees.

“For the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the federal government has pledged 120 million euros for the next year,” reads the statement published by the ministry itself, according to TheSchengen.com.

According to the report published by the agency, about 34.3 million people are asylum seekers and people who have fled to another region in order to protect themselves from war, prosecution and other similar conflicts.

The German Ministry also confirmed that Germany is the second largest donor of humanitarian aid to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This also applies to the protection and care of refugees. That is why Germany supported Refugee Relief in 2021 with a contribution of more than 400 million euros. With the German financial contribution, the refugee relief organization for example reacted quickly when the humanitarian crisis in and around Afghanistan escalated by leaps and bounds in August 2021.”

Figures previously published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) showed that a total of 71,200 people sought international protection in EU countries in September 2021, an increase of a quarter compared to August figures and the largest since November 2016.

This increase partly reflects the evacuations that followed the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August. Afghans were by far the largest group of EU+ applicants in September, with nearly double the number of applications from Syrians (9,100), who were the largest group each month for seven years until July 2021, the statement said.

In 2019, authorities in Germany reported nearly 1.5 million refugees and 309,000 asylum seekers. Such figures show that the country has taken in the largest number of refugees in Europe.

More than 5 million people sought international protection in EU countries for the period from 2015 to 2020; Nearly 40 percent of them did so in Germany.

Recently, Germany has seen an increase in the number of refugees crossing the Belarus-Poland route, all the way to East Germany.

According to an earlier report by Deutsche Welle, in August, a total of 209 people were arrested at the border, while the number rose to 1,164 in September. In October, nearly 2,000 people were identified at the country’s borders.

The German authorities also announced that they will grant residence permits to nearly 2,600 citizens of Afghanistan who are facing a difficult situation.

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