Germany to provide extra funds for refugees

Germany speeds up asylum procedures and provides extra funds for record influx of refugees

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Migrants walk along a train after arriving to the main railway station in Munich, Germany

The German government will speed up its asylum procedures in order to provide extra 3 billion euros ($3.35 billion) to deal with record influx of refugees in this year, the ruling coalition said on Monday.

Federal states and municipalities will receive the fund to help them accommodate the 800,000 refugees expected to come to Germany. The government is planning to provide other 3 billion euros for funding its own expenses, such as paying benefits for asylum seekers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition attended a high-level meeting lasted more than five hours. The coalition leaders agreed on taking more measures, speeding up its asylum procedures such as constructing shelters for asylum seekers. It will help them to focus on refugees who fled their own countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan due to war and conflict.

The coalition agreement included adding more “safe” countries to the list of states whose citizens would not have the claim to demand asylum. Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia are already in the safe countries list, and Kosova, Albania and Montenegro will be added.

The coalition meeting came after Germany and Austria agreed with Hungary to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim and opened their borders. 18,000 refugees entered Germany this week.

Germany expects to take the most refugees among any nation of the European Union. More than 100,000 asylum seekers were taken. The United Nations warned Germany that it could not assure the basic needs of millions of people due to the refugee crisis in Middle East, Africa and Europe.

“We are broke,” the UN high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, told the Guardian.

6,800 refugees arrived in Germany on Saturday. The president of the Upper Bavarian government, Christoph Hillenbrad said he expected 11,000 refugees to come Munich on Monday, adding that Munich was about to exceed its capacity.

1,000 beds to 2,300 were added at the international trade fair ground in Munich and a disused car showroom and a railway logistics centre were set up as makeshift camps. Almost 4,000 people were sent to other German states.

“It’s getting tight,” Hillenbrand told reporters.

Merkel’s decision to take thousands of refugees stranded in a station in Hungary, caused a discrepancy with her Bavarian allies within conservative bloc. They accused her of sending a wrong signal.

TRTWorld and agencies