• Germany's news in English

Record numbers enter Germany illegally

DPA/The Local · 14 Jul 2015, 14:42

Published: 14 Jul 2015 14:42 GMT+02:00

Speaking in Berlin on Monday, Bundespolizei (federal police) chief Dieter Romann said officials have seized over 63,000 people who entered the country illegally so far this year - with around 3,000 cases recorded last weekend alone.

The total for this year so far has already eclipsed last year's sum of 57,000, which had previously been the highest  level since German reunification in 1990. 

The increase is in part down to a growing influx of asylum seekers. So far this year around 179,000 refugees have applied for asylum in Germany – more than double the figure for the first half of last year.

The most numerous are those from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, although Balkan states such as Kosovo, Serbia and Albania are also contributing to growing refugee numbers.

As numbers rise, people-smuggling also appears to be on the increase - with around 1,500 smugglers arrested so far this year, compared with a total of around 2,100 last year.

Romann warned that the Austrian border with Bavaria is a particular hotspot, with police headquarters in Munich recording dramatic increases in case numbers.

In the first month of this year, officers there seized 575 illegal entrants into the country. 

But the issue is not confined to Munich alone.

"All authorities are suffering the same strains," Romann said.

Lack of resources hobbles police

Police have been struggling for months to gather fingerprints from all those seized on the Austrian border, according to complaints made by The Trade Union of Police (GdP) last weekend.

They estimate that around 45,000 illegal immigrants have entered Germany without being fingerprinted and photographed since the start of the year.

Story continues below…

While unable to confirm this number, Romann acknowledged that this sharp influx of refugees had caused delays in registration – but denied that there had been any compromise on security.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) has called for widespread action in light of rising refugee figures – not only in accommodating, integrating and caring for asylum seekers, but also in ensuring registration upon entry.

Jörg Radek – the GdP head of the federal police – complained that authorities simply do not have sufficient personnel and equipment to deal with the new and complex problems they face.

SEE ALSO: Police warn they can't handle refugee numbers

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
Teacher overpaid quarter of a million euros. No one notices
Photo: DPA

The Düsseldorf teacher was paid a full-time salary for six years, despite only working part time.

Euro 2016
Germans react with glee to England’s Iceland humiliation
Distraught England players after Iceland defeat. photo: DPA

Still upset by their British brothers voting for Brexit, Germans expressed an overwhelming sense of Schadenfreude at England's Euro 2016 exit.

Cleaning spray triggers shock explosion in Frankfurt cafe
Photo: Frankfurt fire department.

Four people have been injured in an explosion at a cafe in a Frankfurt shopping district. The culprit: cleaning products.

Brexit vote
Merkel vows to create 'new impulse' for EU
Chancellor Angela Merkel with French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy vowed on Monday "a new impulse" for the EU as it reels from Brexit.

Police investigate after 'Nazi knifeman' threatens President
Demonstrators protest against the visit of President Joachim Gauck. Photo: DPA.

German President Joachim Gauck was confronted by some aggressive right-wing extremists during an official weekend visit, including one man carrying a knife.

Telekom warns all users to change passwords after scam
Photo: DPA.

German giant Deutsche Telekom is warning customers to change their passwords after finding that up to 120,000 customers' data was being sold on the black market.

Brexit vote
How Brits can escape to Germany and still feel at home
The store Broken English in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Giving up on the UK post-Brexit? Come to Germany - it's not so different!

German MPs file war crimes suit against Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: DPA

A group of German politicians and public figures have filed a lawsuit against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of committing war crimes against his country's Kurdish minority.

Brexit vote
Merkel: no backroom deals with UK on Brexit
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out on Monday informal talks with the UK on the terms of a Brexit, but said the EU should be patient with London.

Sartorial slip-up leads police to pipe bomb
A sign reading FCK CPS. Photo: Jürgen Telkmann / Flickr Creative Commons.

Police stopped a man because he was wearing a FCK CPS shirt, only to discover he had been making a pipe bomb.

Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
US expats: Taxes are due June 15th
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
How to sound like an expert on German football this summer
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
6 reasons Germany's summer is unbeatable for thrill-seekers
The future belongs to these 10 German regions
How pictures of footballers on chocolates made Pegida really mad
New father's tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd