The number just keeps on rising. While Europe is making progress in cutting down the influx of refugees reaching its shores, the number of those asylum seekers still stuck in limbo, waiting to be processed, has swelled.
About 1.5 million refugees came to Europe over the course of last year – primarily from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – and most of them are still waiting to hear whether they can actually stay.
As of the end of June, nearly 1.1 million asylum seekers were waiting for their applications to be processed by the authorities, figures released Thursday showed.
More than half of those – 571,500 to be exact – were waiting in Germany, according to the E.U. statistical agency. Europe’s largest economy has taken in far more asylum seekers than any other country on the continent.