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This proportion is much lower than found in other places in Germany and in other countries. Generous benefits accrue to unaccompanied minors who are refugees, hence the large number of adults pretending to be children.

Die Welt (translated):

In Hamburg, the debate on age tests among underage foreigners is picking up again. Last year, one third of the refugees made false statements about their age. The CDU wants to counter.

How old are young migrants who come to Germany, really? A debate has erupted over the age tests of so-called minor unaccompanied refugees. Age plays an important role in the asylum procedure, as a minor has benefits for immigrants: Minors foreigners get a guardian, they do not live in collective housing, but in families or residential groups. As minors, they are better protected against deportation and are usually allowed to attend school quickly.

If young migrants come into conflict with the law, they will be judged on juvenile rather than adult criminal law. The federal states act differently to determine the age. For some, a glance at the identification papers or a so-called visual inspection is sufficient, in which an employee of the youth welfare office decides after a conversation with the migrant.


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Berlin, Germany

Germany (DE) is estimated to have a population of 82.2 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.4 million.
However, the rate has been much higher since 2015 when two million immigrants entered Germany (1.14 million net).