From Russia Today
Merkel: Refugees should ‘go home’ once war in Syria & Iraq is over
Published time: 31 Jan, 2016 17:03
Refugees wait for their registration in front of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees at Berlin’s Spandau district, Germany, January 29, 2016. © Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that most of the refugees entering Germany from Syria and Iraq are expected to return home once conflicts in their countries have ended. The statement comes as Merkel facing mounting pressure over her open-door policy.
“We need… to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that, once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” Merkel told a regional meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Saturday, Reuters reports.
Germany accepted around 1.1 million refugees in 2015 and more are expected to arrive this year. The issue of asylum seekers came to the fore after a number of sexual assaults were recorded on women celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cologne, carried out by men of North African and Arab appearance.
Click here for the full story