Asylum requests decline in June
The number of asylum requests dropped in June by 25 percent compared to the month before, newly published statistics said.
The Federal Migration Office said 1,675 requests were filed in June, while 2,254 were registered in May.
Most asylum seekers came from Eritrea, Tunisia and Nigeria, with 234 requests, 284 and 123, respectively. Requests from Eritreans dropped 57 percent, while those from Tunisians dropped 17 percent, the Office said in a statement. No variation was recorded for Nigerians.
The level of requests in June is similar to last November, before recent upheavals in North Africa, while the May figures were the highest since January 2009. In April, May and June 2011, a total of 5,424 asylum requests were filed in total, 1,053 more than the first three months of the year, the statement said.