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Germany: Interior Minister wants to change constitution to handle refugee influx01:24

Germany: Interior Minister wants to change constitution to handle refugee influx

Germany, Berlin
September 2, 2015 at 10:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Today's German regulations and rules need to be changed if Germany wants to handle the ongoing influx of migrants and refugees, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere declared as he gave a press statement in the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday.

"We cannot afford a time delay for building regulations, allocation regulations and many others," de Maiziere said, emphasising the need to find suitable accommodation for those in limbo by winter. In the same press statement, the German interior minister warned that the Dublin Regulation is "eroding," but emphasised the need to implement another "functional system" across Europe before replacing the current framework.

Germany suspended the Dublin Regulation for Syrian refugees in late August, echoing calls by the German leadership including Chancellor Angela Merkel for a change to current asylum legislation. The country expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum seekers in 2015, more than the entire EU combined in 2014.

Germany: Interior Minister wants to change constitution to handle refugee influx01:24
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Today's German regulations and rules need to be changed if Germany wants to handle the ongoing influx of migrants and refugees, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere declared as he gave a press statement in the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday.

"We cannot afford a time delay for building regulations, allocation regulations and many others," de Maiziere said, emphasising the need to find suitable accommodation for those in limbo by winter. In the same press statement, the German interior minister warned that the Dublin Regulation is "eroding," but emphasised the need to implement another "functional system" across Europe before replacing the current framework.

Germany suspended the Dublin Regulation for Syrian refugees in late August, echoing calls by the German leadership including Chancellor Angela Merkel for a change to current asylum legislation. The country expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum seekers in 2015, more than the entire EU combined in 2014.