Up to 1.5 million people may seek asylum in Germany by the end of the year, says the country’s top-selling newspaper Bild, citing a confidential document.
This figure almost doubles earlier estimates made by German officials, reports the BBC.
The Bild reported that anonymous documents showed that German officials were now expecting to receive 920,000 new arrivals over the last remaining months of 2015.
“The migratory pressure will increase. For the fourth quarter, we expect between 7,000 and 10,000 illegal entries a day,” says part of the document, reported Bild according to AFP.
“This high number of asylum seekers runs the risk of becoming an extreme burden for the states and municipalities,” added the document.
The newspaper said the documents estimated that for each asylum-seeker who was successful in acquiring refugee status they could then bring in an average “four to eight” family members to Germany.
Based on that, the accepting of 920,000 migrants would then make it possible for “7.36 million people” to move to Germany because of family connections.
See a video below about the documents:
Last year, there were only 202,000 asylum claims in Germany.
German communities are already under pressure as increasing numbers of migrants arrive from war-torn and impoverished areas of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and even the Balkans.
Germany’s leader Angela Merkel insists her country can manage the influx, but increasing numbers of Germans are disagreeing with her open-door refugee policy. A poll done late last week showed that the German leader’s popularity had dropped to its lowest level in nearly four years, reports Reuters.
Despite this, Merkel’s response to the migrant crisis sees her as being considered a “firm favorite” by some for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
As Germany marks 25 years of reunification, watch Merkel in the below video talk about how her country is facing “big challenges” with the migrant crisis: