Almost 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.

Germany asylum refugees H1 2015According 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. Destatis, the German federal statistics office, says that 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 check these pages at social statistics.

Germany reported in August 2011 that 13.1m minor children (up to 14 years of age) were living in German households in 2010. Ten years earlier — in 2000 — this number was 2.1m higher, amounting to 15.2m. The plunge of almost 14% is a vivid illustration of ageing and likely also reflected another example of risk aversion among the population, similar to the experience of the Japanese.

 

This and other results on the living conditions of children in Germany were presented by Roderich Egeler, president of Destatis, where he stressed that in the former West Germany, the number of children dropped by about 10% to 11.0m between 2000 and 2010, whereas the drop was much bigger in the former communist East Germany.

"Even more dramatic was the decline in Eastern Germany where the number of children fell by just under 29% in the ten-year period to 2010,” said Roderich Egeler.

Deutsche Bank Research said that some of the reasons, such as insufficient childcare facilities, were being addressed by politicians. However, the Germans’ generally low propensity to take risks probably played an important role as well.

"We are a European Union, which represents the same values, the common asylum policy has a has advocated open borders," Angela Merkel, chancellor, said in a speech on Sunday (see pic above). "Open borders between the Member States means that Europe now had to act together and have a shared responsibility. Germany alone can not shoulder this task."