ADVERTISEMENT

Germany pleads for quotas of refugees as thousands more arrive and weather chills

Germany pleads for quotas of refugees as thousands more arrive and weather chills
Copyright 
By Euronews with Reuters, APTN
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Thousands more refugees arrived on Tuesday (Sept. 8) from Hungary into Austria, where the weather is getting colder. Austrian police say at least

ADVERTISEMENT

Thousands more refugees arrived on Tuesday (Sept. 8) from Hungary into Austria, where the weather is getting colder.

Austrian police say at least 7,000 people have filled the Westbahnhof train station in the capital Vienna in the last 24 hours.

Many travel on to Germany by train, where residents and volunteers have been greeting them and offering them food, water and shelter.

But some are now starting to ask how long the open arms policy can last, as the influx shows no sign of abating and temperatures begin to drop.

“The topic does give us a headache. Right now, we are glad to see great willingness to help among the German people,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday (Sept. 7). “ But we’re also concerned about how long this is going to last. Especially if the numbers are as they are now.”

The German government has urged other EU countries to also open their doors to share the burden of the arrivals. Germany expects up to 800,000 asylum seekers this year — that’s ten times more than Sweden, for example.

“Sweden and Germany think that fixed quotas or fixed figures for refugees are needed for those who are eligible to asylum and who should be fairly distributed according to clear principles set by the EU member states,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

“Unfortunately, we are a long way from that, and we believe that something must change,” she added.

Some 20,000 refugees have arrived in Munich over the past weekend alone.
Families have been given shelter at the local exhibition hall, where Bavarian authorities say there is room to accommodate around 3,000 people.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Court maintains far-right AfD's 'suspected extremist' status

Germany limits cash benefit payments for asylum-seekers as migration numbers increase

Another German politician attacked as concerns rise over pre-European elections violence