Berlin, January 17: At the presentation of the asylum balance for 2017, Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) drew a clear conclusion in Berlin: yes, the crisis of the extremely high numbers of arrivals in 2015 and 2016 was overcome, "the challenge for Germany, with the influx of However, refugees do not go along ". Therefore de Maizière did not want to talk about an end to the refugee crisis in terms of "costs, crime statistics, integration, return problems and current social debates".
The number of asylum-seekers arriving in Germany dropped significantly to some 186,000 last year, but the country’s interior minister said Tuesday he still considers that figure “much too high.”
After around 890,000 newly registered asylum seekers were registered in 2015 and around 280,000 in 2016, this number fell to around 187,000 last year. For de Maizière, this level is "far too high by European standards and considering how people come to us." It is still true that "those who decide who comes to Europe are the smugglers". That was "unacceptable" and "unfair". In the future, Europe should decide for itself that should come as a protector.
Germany is prepared to do its part to help people who genuinely deserve protection, “but it can’t be the case that we take in as many vulnerable people as the other European countries together,” de Maiziere said, alluding to some other nations’ continued reluctance to take in refugees.