European statistics office Eurostat reported that out of the 333,400 asylum seekers who acquired eligibility for protection in 2018, 139,600 (42%) were granted special residence permit in Germany.
Italy followed with 14% and France with 12%.
Nearly 70% of all Syrian asylum seekers acquired recognition in Germany. Syrians make up the largest group with 96 100 recognitions in the EU, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.
Although the number of recognitions in 2018 was down on the previous year (533,000), no other EU country grants migrants protection as much as Germany does.
The recognition rate was at 42 % in the first-instance and 43 % after the appeal negotiations while in other countries in the EU, the recognition rate was at 37 % and 38 %, respectively.
Meanwhile, Funke-Mediengruppe reported that many spouses of migrants who want to move to Germany failed the Germany proficiency test.
Last year, out of the 48,130 persons who took the test in their respective countries, 16,198 failed. The government noted that since 2016 the failure rate was fixed at one third.
Before foreigners can join their spouses in Germany and acquire residency permits, they are required to pass basic proficiency test in German language. A1 is the first level of the German language exam system.
At this level, people can demonstrate “basic language skills” – ability to understand and respond to short, simple questions, instructions and messages when the discussion partner speaks clearly and slowly.
For example, one must be introduce himself, say where he lives or ask for directions.
However, the proof of language proficiency was criticized because it is not required of all nationalities.
Spouses from the EU and some other countries, including the United States, Japan, and Australia, receive residency permits without language certificates.
Spouses of highly qualified, recognized refugees are not required to take the test either.