The number of unaccompanied minors applying for asylum in Germany has rocketed, according to a government response to a parliamentary information request, with applications up six-fold in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2015.
From the beginning of 2016 to late June, Germany received 17,909 asylum applications from children and teenagers who had travelled to the country without family, the statement said.
In the first half of 2015, 3,024 such applications were logged.
A debate on Germany's ability to accommodate the young arrivals escalated on Monday, when a 17-year-old asylum seeker injured five people in an axe-and-knife attack on a commuter train headed to the southern city of Wuerzburg.
Many child migrants suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.