IN FOCUS / 2015-09-17
Roughly 80% of asylum seekers in Germany under 35 years old
Nearly 29% of the people who filed an asylum application in Germany in the first half of 2015 were children and juveniles under 18 years and almost 51% belonged to the age group of the 18 to 34 year olds. This means that approximately 80% of all asylum seekers in Germany were under the age of 35. In comparison, people under 35 accounted for roughly 36% of the total population of Germany in 2013.
According to Eurostat data, Germany continued to be the main destination of refugees within the EU in the first six months of 2015 with about 172,000 applications for asylum (initial and follow-up applications). Hungary ranked second in the EU with approximately 67,000 asylum seekers having registered from January to June 2015. Compared with the same period one year earlier (1st half of 2014), the number of applications filed more than doubled in Germany, in Hungary it increased more than tenfold.
Data on the subject of asylum within the EU are contained in the Eurostat Database. Eurostat data for Germany may differ from national data of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. For information on benefits for asylum seekers in Germany please refer to the theme pages at social statistics.