The German government is expecting an influx of 500,000 refugees in the year 2016. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere asked the head of both the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the Federal Labor Office, Frank-Juergen Weise to brace for the incoming of that size during the year.
German newspaper Rheinische Post cited sources from the federal labour office and published the report as advance copy of the news due to be published on Tuesday. The Reuters reported that the German interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call on Sunday of a “new wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees” from Syria if the Kurdish fighters begin an offensive. He told Merkel of Turkey’s wish to disarm the Kurds and prevent aggression on their sides, the Sputnik News reported.
The US and France have also urged Turkey to end their attacks against the Kurdish fighters, but without any favourable outcome.
Merkel is striving to bring about a deal that will spread the refugees evenly across the European Union after it accepted 1.1 million refugees in 2015. But the EU countries, including France, which is one of the closest EU allies of Germany, have shown no enthusiasm for the proposal and are instead planning to build new razor wire fences to stop the refugees from coming in.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Saturday that the country is not in a “favourable mood” to back Merkel’s call for a permanent quota system.
“Europe cannot take in all the migrants from Syria, Iraq or Africa,” Valls told German media. “It has to regain control over its borders, over its migration or asylum policies.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry lauded Merkel for showing the courage of helping so many people in the midst of the greatest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II.