September 25, 2015 / 10:17 AM / 4 years ago

Germany says about 30 percent of migrants claiming to be Syrian are not

Migrants stand in a field as they wait for buses, after crossing the border from Serbia, near Tovarnik, Croatia September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

BERLIN (Reuters) - Around a third of asylum seekers arriving in Germany who claim to be from Syria are probably not actually from that country, a spokesman for the German interior ministry said on Friday.

“30 percent of those asylum seekers who claim to be Syrian are not Syrians according to this estimate,” Tobias Plate said at a government news conference, adding that there were, however, no precise statistics on this.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Keith Weir

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