Merkel says migrants bigger challenge than Greek debt for EU

German chancellor condemns attacks on refugees and says migrant crisis could surpass Greek financial crisis

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Merkel on a television program

When German chancellor Angela Merkel was asked on Sunday in a television program about more than 200 attacks on homes for asylum-seekers, as the country faces a record influx of refugees this year, she said the situation “is unworthy of our country.”

Merkel also warned that waves of refugees would “preoccupy Europe much more than the issue of Greece and the stability of the Euro.”

According to German officials, this year's surge in asylum-seekers could exceed 600,000. Merkel said the current situation will pose particular challenges.

Last week Germany's interior minister said it was “unacceptable” that 40 percent of asylum seekers in Germany were from the Balkans. calling it an “embarrassment for Europe.”

About half of Germany’s current 300,000 asylum-seekers come from countries in southeastern Europe, including Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

TRTWorld and agencies