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Germany ups the ante in political posturing over migrant crisis by saying they could take 500,000 refugees a YEAR for ‘several years’ to deal with unprecedented influx


Germany’s vice chancellor has upped the ante in political posturing over migrant crisis by claiming the country could take in 500,000 refugees a year for ‘several years’.

Angela Merkel’s deputy Sigmar Gabriel made the comment amid an unprecedented influx which has seen the country take in 10,000 refugees in just one day over the weekend.

In contrast, David Cameron has said Britain could take 20,000 Syrian refugees, spread out over the next five years.

Speaking to ZDF public television, the vice chancellor, and leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, said: ‘I believe we could surely deal with something in the order of half a million for several years.

‘I have no doubt about that, maybe more.’

Germany is already bracing itself to receive 800,000 asylum-seekers this year, four times the 2014 total.

But Gabriel stressed this could not continue, saying other European countries must also accept their fair share.

‘We can’t just take almost one million people every year and seamlessly integrate them’ into German society, he said.

Germany would keep accepting ‘a greatly disproportionate share’ among EU members ‘because we are an economically strong country, without doubt’, Gabriel added.

But it was unacceptable for the EU to keep relying on just a few countries, such as Austria, Sweden and Germany, he added, saying that ‘that’s why I am certain that European policy needs to change’.


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