The colder weather in the past few days hasn’t had any effect on the numbers of refugees and migrants entering Bavaria and Germany. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) said that approximately 6.000 refugees and migrants are reaching Bavaria each day. During the past weekend 11.000 came. Germany has thus far registered over 900.000 people.
According to German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” sources, intelligence data is suggesting that the winter weather will not stop the wave of new refugees and migrants, as German Federal Government had hoped. UNHCR is counting on 5.000 people to cross the borders between Turkey and Greece, Bild.de reports today.
The president of the Bavarian CSU, Horst Seehofer, has repeatedly asked for a cap on the number of refugees Germany will accept, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is still opposed to the idea, which became obvious again during this weekend’s party convention of the CSU in Munich. Merkel spoke at the convention before Seehofer (who was elected President of the CSU for another two-year term) who criticised her refugee policy.
The coalition is now looking to find a compromise. Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizere told “Bild am Sonntag” that he was working on finding a way to control the number of refugees, and reduce it. In his opinion, negotiations between the EU and Turkey are crucial in that aspect. He pointed out that he had proposed in September that the EU should agree on a generous contingent of refugees with the UNHCR. At the same time, the EU’s outer borders should be protected stricter. This idea seems to become more and more acceptable for the other great coalition partner, the SPD.