Migrant crisis: Germany ‘can take 500,000 asylum-seekers a year’
8 September 2015
From the section Europe
German leaders have expressed pride in the welcome given to migrants arriving in German cities over recent days
Germany can cope with at least 500,000 asylum-seekers a year for several years, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said.Officials have said they expect more than 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 alone – four times the 2014 figure.Mr Gabriel repeated that other European countries should take their fair share.The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, says a record 7,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Macedonia alone on Monday and 30,000 migrants were on Greek islands.The migrant influx has unsettled European governments and prompted diverse responses – Hungary’s conservative leadership has been building a border fence to try to keep them out while the German leadership expresses pride in crowds who turned out to welcome them in.
A Greek minister said on Monday that the island of Lesbos, which sits off the Turkish coast, was “on the verge of an explosion” due to a build-up of 20,000 migrants trying to reach the European mainland.The government and UNHCR have brought in extra staff and ships to process the migrants.
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