Germany reports most new asylum seekers from Nigeria, Syria

FILE: Nigerians lead the application of asylum seekers to Germany

German authorities have reported that most of the new asylum-seekers to the country are from Nigeria, Syria and Iraq even as it reports a slump in asylum seekers.

Germany say 12,285 people applied for asylum in the country in January, a 15 per cent drop compared to the requests received in January 2017.

In January 2017, Germany recorded 14,476 new asylum requests. Some 13,082 people applied for asylum in December.

Interior Ministry figures published Tuesday show most new asylum seekers last month originated from Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

The number of new asylum requests in Germany has steadily declined since the dramatic influx of 2015 as European countries enforce stricter border controls and clamp down on people-smuggling across the Mediterranean.

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A report by climate scientists led by Columbia University’s school of international and public affairs had claimed that migrants applying for asylum in the European Union will triple from current levels by the year 2100 due to rising temperatures across the globe.

They say Europe could face a ‘massive influx’ of people by the end of the century if carbon emissions hold steady as hotter temperatures will accelerate migration.

A new study suggests that cutting emissions could partially reduce this number, but even an ‘optimistic’ scenario could see asylum applications rise by at least a quarter.

They say that, outside of conflict, temperature changes in agricultural regions during growing seasons are to blame.

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