German government split on surging refugee numbers

A refugee pushing a stroller in the Marienfelde Refugee Transit Center in South Berlin, on January 29, 2015.

Divisions surfaced in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday on whether the country which is Europe’s top destination for asylum seekers should take in more refugees.

Merkel ally Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of Merkel’s conservatives, said that “Germany can welcome significantly more refugees. We can and must be able to afford this act of humanity.”

He said that Middle Eastern countries shelter proportionally far more refugees, telling the top-selling Bild daily that in Kurdish areas, “five million people live with one million refugees”.

However, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere later contradicted him, saying that the burden of housing refugees should be better shared among European nations.

Germany had accepted a total of 105,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq since the start of the Syrian war, compared to some European countries who had taken just hundreds, he said…

So far, no “mainstream” politician has suggested actually stopping the flow across the Mediterranean (I would suggest the method used by Australia, which consisted of sending them back in safe boats).

The pols are instead suggesting that the illegals simply go to other parts of Europe. Yet they must be responding to some distaste in their regular ranks for the influx.  It is only going to get as the weather improves over summer and the sea crossing becomes easier.