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ATHENS, Greece – The Latest on the flow of people into Europe (all times local):
The number of people applying for asylum in Germany during the first quarter of the year has more than doubled compared with the same period in 2015.
Official figures released Friday show 181,405 people applied for asylum in Germany during the first three months. That's an increase of 112.4 percent compared with the 85,394 asylum requests in the first quarter of last year.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the rise in asylum requests occurred despite a decrease in new arrivals in recent months. He said the discrepancy was due to a delay between people arriving and formally requesting asylum.
The number of Syrians applying for asylum in Germany during the first quarter was 89,292, compared with 15,444 in the same period 2015.
Amid protests, Greece has resumed deportations of refugees and migrants from its islands to Turkey after a four-day pause, sending back 45 people from Lesbos to a nearby port on the Turkish coast.
Before the boat left the island Friday, four activists jumped into the sea to try to obstruct the operation and were detained by the coast guard.
Another 79 people were due to be deported from Lesbos later Friday, authorities said.
An agreement between Turkey and the European Union went into full effect Monday, when 202 migrants were sent back.
Some 4,000 migrants and refugees who reached Greek islands from nearby Turkey after March 20 are being held in detention camps to be screened for deportation.