In this May 27, 2016 file photo people attend a summer party at an accommodation for migrants in Vossberg near Golzow, about 80 kilometer east of Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
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The number of new asylum seekers in Germany fell sharply last year to 186,000, the government said Tuesday, easing pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel as debate rages on whether to impose a cap on migration.Refugees from war-torn Syria made up the largest group of asylum seekers in 2017 with more than 47,000 arrivals, followed by some 21,000 migrants from Iraq and over 12,000 from Afghanistan, according to the ministry.The 2017 data will make welcome reading for Merkel, as it falls below the maximum intake of 200,000 refugees a year sought by her conservative CSU sister party.Nearly four months on, Germany is still without a new government.
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