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Germany revises down 2015 refugee arrivals to 890,000

Germany has revised down the number of asylum seekers it took in last year from 1.1 million to 890,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday. He also reported a sharp drop so far this year to 210,000 people seeking safe haven in the biggest EU economy as of last week. De Maiziere cited new centralised figures that are more precise than previous anonymised first-registration data, which did not allow for people being counted multiple times or for those who had since left Germany.
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