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Germany sees asylum applications more than double through end of July

  • German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015.  Germany could see as many as 800,000 migrants in 2015, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, four times the number last year and 300,000 more than previously estimated.  (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)

    German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015. Germany could see as many as 800,000 migrants in 2015, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, four times the number last year and 300,000 more than previously estimated. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015.  Germany could see as many as 800,000 migrants in 2015, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, four times the number last year and 300,000 more than previously estimated.  (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)

    German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2015. Germany could see as many as 800,000 migrants in 2015, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, four times the number last year and 300,000 more than previously estimated. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.