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Activists say 1,000 refugees sleeping rough in German capital because authorities can't cope

  • FILE - In this July 22, 2015 file photo two children sleep on the ground near their belongings in front of the reception center for refugees in Berlin, Germany. An activist group said Wednesday, July 29, 2015 some 1,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in the German capital because authorities Berlin are unable to cope with the influx of people seeking asylum.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this July 22, 2015 file photo two children sleep on the ground near their belongings in front of the reception center for refugees in Berlin, Germany. An activist group said Wednesday, July 29, 2015 some 1,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in the German capital because authorities Berlin are unable to cope with the influx of people seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • German federal police officers escort a Afghan family after they arrived the main station in Rosenheim, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Thousands of refugees arrived in the border region between Austria and Germany in the last few weeks.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    German federal police officers escort a Afghan family after they arrived the main station in Rosenheim, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Thousands of refugees arrived in the border region between Austria and Germany in the last few weeks. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Refugees wait for their first registration at a facility of the German federal police after they were picked up in Rosenheim, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Thousands of refugees arrived in the border region between Austria and Germany in the last few weeks. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Refugees wait for their first registration at a facility of the German federal police after they were picked up in Rosenheim, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Thousands of refugees arrived in the border region between Austria and Germany in the last few weeks. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

An activist group says some 1,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in the German capital because authorities in Berlin are unable to cope with the influx of people seeking asylum.

The Berlin Refugee Council says authorities have given 1,800 people vouchers for private hostels in recent months because official accommodation is full.

But the group claims that only about 600 hostel places are actually available, meaning many refugees are left out on the streets.

Berlin authorities said Wednesday that more than 3,400 refugees have arrived in the city so far in July, three times as many as during the same month last year, posing a "huge challenge."

The government estimates that the number of asylum applications in Germany will surpass 500,000 this year, compared with about 200,000 in 2014.