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Germany: Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece "need to emerge fast" - Merkel01:02

Germany: Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece "need to emerge fast" - Merkel

Germany, Berlin
November 19, 2015 at 00:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a statement following a meeting with her counterpart, the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Berlin, Thursday, in which both leaders commented on the need for the building of refugee 'hotspots' in Italy and Greece.

Merkel told the press that "both Austria and Germany are working very closely" on the issue of refugees adding that "we have agreed on a joint management of the border." The German Chancellor stated that the solution to the refugee problem "needs to happen at the border of the European Union" rather than the German-Austrian border.

"This is why we both say that the hotspots in Italy and Greece need to emerge fast, within a good time, not only as registration centres, but also as distribution centres, for a fair distribution in Europe" continued Merkel.

Official figures suggest that 800,000 refugees and migrants will seek asylum in Germany in 2015, with German right wing parties and groups voicing opposition to recently introduced refugee and purported multicultural policies in the EU.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a statement following a meeting with her counterpart, the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Berlin, Thursday, in which both leaders commented on the need for the building of refugee 'hotspots' in Italy and Greece.

Merkel told the press that "both Austria and Germany are working very closely" on the issue of refugees adding that "we have agreed on a joint management of the border." The German Chancellor stated that the solution to the refugee problem "needs to happen at the border of the European Union" rather than the German-Austrian border.

"This is why we both say that the hotspots in Italy and Greece need to emerge fast, within a good time, not only as registration centres, but also as distribution centres, for a fair distribution in Europe" continued Merkel.

Official figures suggest that 800,000 refugees and migrants will seek asylum in Germany in 2015, with German right wing parties and groups voicing opposition to recently introduced refugee and purported multicultural policies in the EU.

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