750,000 asylum seekers for Germany in 2015

Germany revises its forecast for asylum seekers from 450,000 to 750,000 for 2015

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Right-wing demonstrators hold a banner reading : 'Stop the Asylum Floods' during a protest against the government's refugee- and asylum-seekers policy in Munich, Germany

Germany is waiting to receive 750,000 people to seek asylum this year instead of previous estimate of 450,000, according to Handelsblatt, a Dusseldorf based business and commerce paper.

Authorities rejected to comment about the current situation but already some German cities have declared that they cannot manage and host refugees because of inability.

Refugees occupy huge political meaning in German politics like Chancellor Angela Merkel who stresses the fear of loss of voters for her Christian Democratic Union.

Some of voters think refugees will eat up taxpayers' money and take their jobs.

Some far-right citizens also arson others citizens who have been outspoken by opponents of local neo-Nazis.

Germany faced up to 150 arson or other attacks so both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck called more tolerance for refugees who flee to Germany.

Merkel also stressed, on Sunday, that migrant crisis is bigger than Greece’s economic crisis, AFP reports.

Development Minister Gerd Mueller said to Passauer Neue Presse, on Tuesday that “European Commission must switch immediately from vacation to emergency mode,” adding "We need a European Refugees Commissioner,” AFP reports.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in an interview on a German paper Die Welt called more solidarity among European countries for refugees.

Guterres described it as "shared on many shoulders” saying "It is unsustainable in the long run that only two EU countries -Germany and Sweden- take in the majority of refugees."

Germany, with its 80 million population with its top economy among the European countries, is the biggest country who is taking asylum seekers which mostly come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and some African countries.

Main route of refugees in Europe is the Balkans and Italy that on a record from UN up to 60 million people fled to other countries due to war, violence and persecutions in 2014.

According to data of International Organisation for Migration most deaths that occurred in the world is the Mediterranean.

In last eight and a half months 2,300 people died on the migration way. 102,000 people arrived in Italy, up to 135,000 people in Greece and up to 2,200 in Spain.


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