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Nearly 6,000 refugees sue Germany over delayed handling of asylum requests

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'Syrian' refugees in Europe

Syrian refugees having rest at the floor of Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 5 September 2015. Image: Mstyslav Chernov.

An increasing number of asylum seekers in Germany fed up with the slow processing of their asylum requests have filed nearly 6,000 legal complaints about reviewing their refugee applications for too long.

The German Ministry for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) confirmed the number to the media outlet hr-info. The latest figures by BAMF estimate that as of May this year the body is facing 5,800 so-called “Application for failure to act” proceedings.

The number has skyrocketed compared to December last year, when the amount of similar cases stood at roughly 2,300, Die Welt reports, citing official figures. However, the exact amount of legal complaints against BAMF could be even higher. According to the agency it only included in the statistics the cases of those refugees who already applied for asylum in Germany.

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