An asylum seeker who was in Germany for a short time in February, and who said she had no other choice, will now be allowed to apply for asylum, a court has ruled.
The decision comes in the latest development in the long-running case, which has pitted German authorities against the right-wing opposition party of Christian Social Union (CSU), which has said it will seek a third term in the state assembly.
The asylum seeker, who cannot be named, had been living in the town of Bremen for a year and a half, and had been granted temporary residency status in the city in May.
She had sought to leave Germany, but was detained in Germany and sent back.
The court in the southern state of Saxony ruled on Monday that the asylum seeker was entitled to stay in Germany, as she had applied for it, and that her application had been “adequately processed”.
The court did not rule on whether the asylum seekers claim should be considered a valid one.
The right-right opposition has said the decision should be appealed, and said it was considering a legal challenge.
The case has sparked a wave of asylum seekers in Germany.
In March, about 40,000 people applied for asylum in the country, a slight decline from February.
In June, Germany registered a total of 12,957 asylum applications.
According to the latest data from the federal data agency, the number of asylum applications in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg rose to more than 1,400 on July 9, up from the previous day’s total of 1,197.