Lower Saxony's Interior Ministry said a letter had been posted on … BERLIN — Germany on Friday passed a controversial package of bills bringing major changes to the country’s asylum and immigration policy following a fierce debate in parliament. Germany’s interior ministry recorded just over 76,000 first-time asylum applications last year, 31.5 percent fewer than in 2019. Germany has successfully integrated big numbers of asylum seekers. News Germany: Authorities suspect far-left arson attack on asylum center. Kurt Zindulka 4 Dec 2019, 1:38 AM PST News Germany: Asylum seeker claims fall in 2019. Despite the falling numbers, the country still logs the largest share of all EU asylum claims. Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the year's first 11 months, official figures showed today, as Europe's top economy appeared on track for a million arrivals in 2015. Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the year's first 11 months, official figures showed today, as Europe's top economy appeared on track for a million arrivals in 2015. Thousands of failed asylum-seeking migrants in Germany have applied several times and have returned to Germany multiple times after being deported. The new arrivals deeply polarized the country and fueled the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which rails against immigration and Islam. Over 30 drop-in law clinics have sprung up across Germany to help refugees apply for asylum Last modified on Wed 13 Jan 2021 06.40 EST After fleeing war, human rights violations, or … In 2015, Germany saw more than 400,000 first-time asylum applications, followed by over 700,000 requests the following year. That's according to an answer of Germany's federal government to an inquiry by the left-wing fraction in the Bundestag, the German Parliament. Germany receives about 100,000 asylum applicants a year; if 75,000 of them worked on average for two years until their cases were decided, the net addition to the labor force would be 150,000. The 76,000 asylum applications submitted in 2020 are only roughly 7% of the more than 1.1 million applications Germany received in 2015 and 2016 during Europe's so-called migrant crisis. The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is planning a new law to manage migration which is expected to be passed by the German cabinet in April 2019. The average time it took Germany's asylum authority BAMF to process asylum applications rose from 6.2 months in the first quarter of the year to ten months in the second quarter, an increase of roughly 60%. Many businesses desperate for workers badly want them to stay, even as the … The new law will seek to get tough on asylum seekers who lied about, or tried to obscure, their real identities in the hope of obtaining asylum.