The German court system is having a hard time keeping up with hundreds of thousands of appeals from rejected asylum seekers.
Figures released Monday by newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung shows a backlog of some 283,000 appeals by the end of July. The figure is almost double the 175,000 from the entire year of 2016.
Around 146,000 new appeals were filed during the first five months of the year, but the courts only managed to make 39,000 decisions during the same time frame.
Rejected asylum seekers have the option of appealing their decisions from the The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Out of 480,000 cases since January, 190,000 were rejected by BAMF. Courts often times overrule the original decisions, particularly for people from war-torn countries such as Syria.
Robert Seegmüller, the chair of the Association of German Administrative Law Judges, recently warned that “everything will collapse” unless the court system figures out a way to deal with the rapidly increasing number of cases. (RELATED: German Court System On The Verge Of ‘Collapse’ Due To Mass Immigration)
“The situation is dramatic for administrative courts,” Seegmüller told German news outlet Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) in July, according to The Local. “We are now completely stretched to our limits.”