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Germany: 222,000 asylum-seekers arrived in year's first half

  • FILE - In this May 23, 2016 file photo German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere speaks during a news conference, in Berlin, Germany. Some 222,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Germany in the first half of this year, the government said Friday, July 8, 2016. De Maiziere said he isn't making any forecast for how many will arrive in 2016, given uncertainty about future developments. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this May 23, 2016 file photo German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere speaks during a news conference, in Berlin, Germany. Some 222,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Germany in the first half of this year, the government said Friday, July 8, 2016. De Maiziere said he isn't making any forecast for how many will arrive in 2016, given uncertainty about future developments. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2016, refugees are accommodated in a side room of the cathedral of St. Peter in Regensburg, southern Germany.  A group of 45 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo have been camped out in Regensburg Cathedral since Tuesday in protest against their deportation. The archdiocese in Regensburg said it is negotiating with the group to move to a different building where they will have access to washing facilities and a kitchen. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2016, refugees are accommodated in a side room of the cathedral of St. Peter in Regensburg, southern Germany. A group of 45 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo have been camped out in Regensburg Cathedral since Tuesday in protest against their deportation. The archdiocese in Regensburg said it is negotiating with the group to move to a different building where they will have access to washing facilities and a kitchen. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2016, refugees hold up banners at the St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg, southern Germany. A group of 45 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo have been camped out in Regensburg Cathedral since Tuesday in protest against their deportation. The archdiocese in Regensburg said it is negotiating with the group to move to a different building where they will have access to washing facilities and a kitchen. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2016, refugees hold up banners at the St. Peter's Cathedral in┬áRegensburg, southern Germany. A group of 45 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo have been camped out in Regensburg Cathedral since Tuesday in protest against their deportation. The archdiocese in Regensburg said it is negotiating with the group to move to a different building where they will have access to washing facilities and a kitchen. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The German government says some 222,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the country in the first half of this year.

The figures reflect a sharply lower influx after the overland route through the Balkans was blocked and the European Union cut a deal with Turkey to curb arrivals by sea.

The Interior Ministry said Friday that 222,264 people were registered as asylum-seekers between January and June. The numbers declined sharply after 91,671 arrived in January. In June, the figure was 16,335, similar to the previous two months.

Last year, nearly 1.1 million people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday that he isn't making any forecast for how many will arrive this year, given uncertainty about how the situation will develop.