BERLIN – Germany says the number of migrants entering the country has increased dramatically this year, with more than 360,000 arriving to date.
Because of the influx, the Interior Ministry says it is taking longer for new arrivals to apply for asylum. Through the end of July, Germany has seen 218,221 asylum applications, an increase of nearly 125 percent.
The ministry said Wednesday Germany remains the top destination in Europe for refugees, with 43 percent of a total of 400,000 asylum applications through the end of June.
Germany is struggling to provide housing for newcomers, with room for 45,000 in temporary facilities while awaiting the outcome of their applications. It estimates it needs at least 100,000 to 150,000 places total to cope with the influx.