The number of people arriving in Germany from North Africa seeking asylum has sunk drastically in the months since January, government figures seen by newspapers showed on Monday.

Compared with the 3,356 new arrivals from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria in January, the number entering Germany in March fell to 480 – one-seventh as many.

The figures come from a report sent from the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF) to lawmakers and seen by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ).

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