WORLD – Germany to combat influx of migrants
Germany is to reintroduce some form of controls on its border to cope with the influx of migrants according to German and Austrian media reports.
While it is not clear what measures will be introduced, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, is set to make an announcement in the coming hours.
More than 13,000 migrants arrived into Munich alone on Saturday. Germany’s vice-chancellor said the country was “at the limit of its capabilities”.
Germany’s Bild newspaper and Austria’s Kronen Zeitung said controls would be in place on the Bavaria-Austria border.
Germany expects 800,000 migrants to arrive this year.
Last month, Mr de Maiziere said the Schengen agreement, which allows free movement between a large number of European countries, could be suspended.
Kronen Zeitung said that Bavarian police will begin to carry out checks “to determine immediately who is entitled to asylum”, but it is not clear how such checks would be made.
Europe as a whole is struggling to deal with an enormous influx of people, mostly from Syria but also Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, fleeing violence and poverty.
Earlier today, Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who is also economy minister, warned the country was being stretched to its limits by the new arrivals.
“Europe’s inability to deal with the migrant crisis has brought even Germany to the limit of its capabilities,” he told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.
“It is not just a question of the number of migrants but also the speed at which they are arriving that makes the situation so difficult to handle.”