by Simon Kent
Migrants are walking out of German asylum registration
centres and either disappearing into the countryside or travelling on to
other countries in Europe, an official in the eastern state of
Brandenburg has warned. On Wednesday alone some 600 people absconded and
that number is bound to grow as the sheer weight of mostly young, Muslim men invading Germany continues to build.
Official figures reveal the Brandenburg government accepted more than
17,000 new arrivals since the beginning of September and around 7800
have been accommodated in cities and communities, while another 2,700
people are still waiting for official registration. The remaining 7,000
people were partially distributed in other provinces or simply left
for places unknown.
According to Online Focus,
Ingo Decker, spokesman for the interior ministry in Brandenburg,
said: “These refugees are simply sometimes no longer there.” On
Wednesday more than 600 people departed from the initial reception,
reported the deputy ministry spokeswoman Susann Fischer.
Another serious problem for Brandenburg authorities is the many
thousands of people wandering on their own in the Federal territory pose
a substantial security threat, Mr. Decker said. He believes it is quite
possible “that refugees would be registered more than once at various
centres”. Their registration is based, as a rule, on their own
nomination of an identity which cannot be verified, given that most if
not all migrants arrive without any documents.
“So if you register with us in Eisenhüttenstadt as Muhammed Ali,
maybe a little later again in Hamburg as Ali Mohammed, it is confusing”
Mr Decker. This happens because “proper registration at the [German]
border is not still in sight.”
Meanwhile Reuters reports
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under intense pressure for her
handling of the refugee crisis with her Bavarian allies warning of a
full-blown coalition crisis unless she takes immediate action to limit
the record influx of migrants.
The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s Christian
Democratic Union (CDU), have been outspoken in their criticism of her
“open doors” policy towards asylum seekers, in part because their home
state of Bavaria is the entry point for virtually all of the migrants
arriving in Germany.
Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer has issued a series of ultimatums to
Merkel in recent weeks, including a threat to take the government to
court over its refugee policies, only to back down at the last minute.
But the rhetoric reached new heights on Wednesday, according to
Reuters, with one senior Bavarian official saying relations between the
traditional allies had reached their lowest point in nearly 40 years and
a German newspaper reported that Seehofer was considering pulling CSU
ministers out of Merkel’s cabinet in protest.
“We are in the midst of a real coalition crisis,” Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“The relationship between the CDU and CSU is more difficult than at
any time since 1976,” he added, referring to a major fight between
former party leaders Helmut Kohl and Franz-Josef Strauss which nearly
led to a split.