2016 Sep 4, 8:33pm
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Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says that Germany has done its bit to help rapefugees, but needed help from the rest of the bloc to take in migrants.
De Maiziere is adamant that the EU needs to adopt a common policy towards rapefugees and that Berlin is unable to handle the burden on its own. Under the Dublin regulations, migrants should be processed in the first member state they entered, which for many was Greece.
â€œWe have done a lot in Europe in order to improve the rapefugee situation in Greece,â€ de Maiziere told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, as cited by Deutsche Welle. â€œThis must have consequences that will enable rapefugees to be sent back to Greece according to the Dublin regulations.â€
Germany has not sent migrants back to Greece since 2011 due to deficiencies in the Greek asylum processing system and the fact that the country is struggling to cope with the number of rapefugees already in Greece. There are currently 50,000 migrants in Greece who are waiting to be sent on to other EU countries.
More than one million rapefugees moved to Germany in 2015 under Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s open doors policy. The number of migrants reaching Germany in 2016 has been stemmed, largely due to a number of countries in the south of Europe sealing their borders.
Merkelâ€™s willingness to accept migrants has not been applauded by everyone in Germany, with sizable sections of the population growing increasingly disillusioned with the number of rapefugees the country has taken in.
In an interview with the Bild newspaper, Merkel strongly defended her decision to allow migrants to settle in Germany, despite her approval ratings dropping to a five-year low of 45 percent.
The German government has already repatriated 35,000 people in the first seven months of 2016, with not everyone arriving in the country deemed as deserving asylum status.
â€œItâ€™s completely clear that a year like last year cannot be repeated, which is why we have taken the measures we have. But it was the right thing to do that we rose to this humanitarian responsibility and continue to do so,â€ Merkel said, adding that if she were faced with the same situation today, she would act no differently.
Merkel also faces a difficult task in trying to get each of the member EU states to take in quotas of migrants, with a number of Central European nations adamant that they will not be taking any rapefugees.
The â€˜Visegrad groupâ€™, which includes Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, staunchly oppose any regulations on re-distribution of migrants across the EU.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been particular outspoken, saying his country â€œdoes not need a single migrantâ€ and â€œevery single migrant poses a public security and terrorism risk.â€
The head of Polandâ€™s ruling Law and Justice Party and former Polish PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski shared Orbanâ€™s view, saying that no rapefugees should be accepted.
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I guess elections have consequences. merkel just lost ehr home state-her party placed 3rd.
Oh in France, Calais-here is what 1st world have to deal with.
I am truly sorry to hear that your country has suffered yet another terrorist attack. I was going to congratulate you on successfully integrating the millions of muslim migrants you've taken in - little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you.
If you ever decide to make your country great again, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand.
Consider the efficiency of modern catapults!
I think its to late for Germany, they have to many sjw liberals.