Germany’s government is bracing for the possibility of a massive influx of asylum seekers and refugees as the country’s economy recovers after the worst financial crisis in decades.
Key points:German Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said he will issue orders to start deportation operations within days of a German court ruling on the issue last monthGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel told a television interviewer she will take measures to “send refugees back home” if necessary, adding she will not be able to control her country’s bordersGermany has the largest refugee population in the world with more than 4.5 million migrants, according to official dataGermany has already said it will accept a record number of migrants this year and Chancellor Angela (Mein) Merkel said she would be ready to take the necessary measures if necessary.
Germany will issue a directive within days after the German court ruled on whether to deport a group of refugees, who were detained for four days at a refugee shelter in the eastern city of Dresden on October 2.
The court ordered that they be returned to Germany in order to comply with the German constitution.
Merkel told broadcaster ARD she would issue a response within a week if she did not receive the court’s decision.
Herrmann, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the public broadcaster ZDF on Thursday that the decision would be followed within days if it is received by the German government.
“Germany has a clear legal obligation to take all necessary measures,” he said.
“I am prepared to do everything I can to ensure that Germany does not miss its legal obligations.”
The court decision has drawn condemnation from German politicians, with opposition leader Horst Seehofer telling German broadcaster ARDE that the government’s action was a “complete mistake”.
“We have already seen the consequences of the Chancellor’s irresponsible policy.
We are not going to tolerate it any longer,” Seehafer told ARDE.
The ruling came in the face of a strong backlash from Germans over the weekend over the detention of migrants at a migrant shelter in Dresden, where some 400 people were detained.
The refugees were held overnight, and the German interior minister said on Sunday that the number of detainees had risen to 300, but the number could be far higher.