Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany has to live with the mass influx of refugees, confronting critics within her party bloc amid a media report that as many as 1.5 million people may arrive this year.
As Merkel faces pressure inside her governing coalition for capping migration to Europe’s biggest economy, Bild newspaper, citing official estimates of the number of daily arrivals, said Monday that more than 900,000 people could make their way to Germany in the final three months. So far, the government has estimated 800,000 would arrive in all of 2015.
“It doesn’t make much sense to get angry because we have this problem now — or to say, ‘Where is this coming from? I want the problem to go away,'” Merkel said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio on Sunday. “We have to accept it, to control it and at the same time make sure we address weak spots.”
As Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II, Germany has become the destination of choice, including for war refugees from Syria. Regional and municipal governments could face a collapse of infrastructure needed to shelter the newcomers, Bild quotes the document as saying.
Germany’s Interior Ministry declined to comment on the document’s content. Estimates shouldn’t be based on daily or weekly arrivals and the flow of migrants is expect to slow during the winter months, ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns told reporters in Berlin.
Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, the sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, is publicly criticizing the chancellor after tens of thousands of refugees entered the state from Austria.