September 14, 2015 By Alex Crown
Germany is a preferred destination for many people fleeing Syria’s civil war and other troubled nations in the migration crisis that has bitterly divided Europe. The Czech Republic said separately that it would boost controls on its border with Austria.
Other measures meant to handle the migrant crisis proposed by Politics Can Be Different include extra funding to hire 3,000 police officers, building more refugee camps and well as providing information to migrants in their native language. Interpreter Ali Kashfi gives information to arriving refugees at the train station in Uelzen, northern Germany Sunday September 13, 2015.
Most asylum seekers are refusing to stay in the poorer southern European countries where they arrive, such as Greece, and are instead making their way to Germany or Sweden where they anticipate a warmer welcome.
Germany is to introduce temporary border checks with Austria in a bid to limit the influx of refugees.
Additionally, Hungary’s Viktor Orban reiterated on Monday that refugees crossing into his country from Tuesday will be treated as criminals and that Hungary didn’t want its “a thousand-year-old Christian culture” to be changed by “the global-sized movement of people“. Greece’s coast guard said the 34 who died Sunday, including four infants and 11 children, drowned when their wooden boat containing more than 130 people capsized near the island of Farmakonisi. Merchant Marine Minister Christos Zois flew to the island to be briefed on the operation.
Officials said 68 others were rescued while 30 more swam to the barely populated island. He said that around 500 are arriving every hour by bus.
Munich has been a primary entry point for migrants and refugees who have been traveling by land into Western Europe since they reached the shores of Greece.
French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called for “scrupulous respect by each country of the European Union of the Schengen rules”, an official statement said.
“The border controls that have been introduced are not the ultimate solution”.
Poles chanted that the chaos was leading to the “death of Europe”.
Bavarian public television channel BR said the city “came very close to a humanitarian disaster”, although authorities managed to limit the numbers of people sleeping on mattresses on the floor to just a few dozen, rather than the hundreds as earlier feared. Regional broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported a 6-kilometer (nearly 4-mile) queue on the A3 highway near Passau.
And even Germany, Europe’s most welcoming country in the refugee crisis, is intensifying border control.
“No more trains will run from Austria to Germany”, a spokeswoman said. The section between Salzburg and the German border town of Freilassing initially remained closed because of reports of people on the track, but police said they found no one.
The plan unveiled by European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker during his annual address to the European Parliament this past week in Strasbourg foresees the emergency relocation of an additional 120,000 refugees across the EU to respond to the crisis and to relieve States of first arrival. In this light, Poland could accept about 12,000 refugees.
The country is expecting at least 800,000 in 2015 – by far the most in the 28-nation European Union.
Germany stopped train traffic to and from Austria from Sunday until Monday morning, Austrian Federal Railways said. They will resume at 8 a.m.to review compromises being drafted through the night.