Germany’s Bavarian governor speaks out on the refugee crisis

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CSU chairman Horst Seehofer speaks during a press conference at the CSU board meeting in Munich, Germany, 15 February 2016.

Germany’s Bavarian governor speaks out on the refugee crisis


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The more we realise that a European solution to the refugee crisis is not making progress, the more we have to depend on national measures. So said Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer in an interview with Germany’s SPIEGEL Online.

Seehofer, who has been extremely critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approach to the refugee crisis, explained: “In practice, that means: controlling our national borders and rejecting refugees. I emphatically welcome Austria’s decision to introduce daily quotas for refugees. I have no idea why the German federal government has criticized the plan.”

“The Swedes have taken action, the Danes have taken action, the Belgians have taken action. It’s only here that things are completely different,” he added, noting that 110,000 refugees have already arrived in Bavaria so far this year.

“If it continues like this, we will reach the ceiling I proposed, of 200,000 per year, in March and there is a danger that by the end of the year we will once again have a million refugees in the country,” he explained. “I am just soberly describing reality. You can run away from reality for a time because it doesn’t fit into your political world view. But then the people will run away from us.”

According to Seehofer, he had identified the number of 200,000 per year, which correlates to our population share and economic strength in the EU. Once this number has been reached, we have to reject people at the border, he said.

“I predict that if Germany makes it clear that there are limits to the number of people it can accept, then migration will fall. At the moment, many still feel they have been invited. That is the reality,” he said.

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