Applying for asylum is a long and often complicated process, ranging from rigorous background checks to personal interviews.
Activists in Hong Kong want Berlin to accept more asylum-seekers amid a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. German authorities recently granted asylum to a 22-year-old Hong Kong activist.
A group of eastern EU leaders has rejected the EU Commission's new migration policy proposals. The carefully constructed plans to deal with asylum-seekers have collapsed before even being built, says Bernd Riegert.
The number of refugees living in Germany has fallen for the first time in nine years, said the Interior Ministry. Some lost their protection status, while others were prevented from entering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Hungary's Viktor Orban, Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki and the Czech Republic's Andrej Babis shot down the EU's planned migration reform ahead of scheduled talks. The Visegrad group rejects asylum-seeker quotas.
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