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Germany: Bavaria relieved as trains of refugees reach Berlin02:08

Germany: Bavaria relieved as trains of refugees reach Berlin

Germany, Berlin
September 16, 2015 at 22:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of refugees arrived at Berlin Schonefeld Airport train station, Wednesday, hoping to receive documents and accommodation for a new life in Germany.

The refugees - predominantly from Syria, Iraq and Bangladesh - arrived from Bavaria and were escorted through the station by a large police presence which was deployed to prevent possible clashes. Local activists provided food and beverages. After a short break inside the station the refugees embarked on buses to a refugee camp in Potsdam.

German authorities are expecting 800,000 refugees to arrive in Germany during 2015, an estimated 40,000 of whom will arrive in Berlin. Germany has emerged as the priority destination for many Syrian refugees travelling to the EU after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the country would suspend the Dublin regulation, essentially granting Syrian asylum seekers special status. Authorities estimate that up to one million people could apply for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015. However, following huge numbers entering the country, the government has suspended the Schengen agreement and reintroduced border checks.

European leaders at a meeting this week agreed to resettle 40,000 migrants across the EU, but did not agree on redistributing 120,000 refugees as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had previously proposed.

Germany: Bavaria relieved as trains of refugees reach Berlin02:08
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Dozens of refugees arrived at Berlin Schonefeld Airport train station, Wednesday, hoping to receive documents and accommodation for a new life in Germany.

The refugees - predominantly from Syria, Iraq and Bangladesh - arrived from Bavaria and were escorted through the station by a large police presence which was deployed to prevent possible clashes. Local activists provided food and beverages. After a short break inside the station the refugees embarked on buses to a refugee camp in Potsdam.

German authorities are expecting 800,000 refugees to arrive in Germany during 2015, an estimated 40,000 of whom will arrive in Berlin. Germany has emerged as the priority destination for many Syrian refugees travelling to the EU after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the country would suspend the Dublin regulation, essentially granting Syrian asylum seekers special status. Authorities estimate that up to one million people could apply for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015. However, following huge numbers entering the country, the government has suspended the Schengen agreement and reintroduced border checks.

European leaders at a meeting this week agreed to resettle 40,000 migrants across the EU, but did not agree on redistributing 120,000 refugees as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had previously proposed.