Migrants crisis: Austria, Germany near tipping point

VIENNA - The massive flood of refugees in Europe are pushing Germany and Austria to a tipping point.

Well over 17,500 refugees have poured into the two countries in just the past two days, trying to escape the bombings, terrorists and dire conditions ravaging their homelands.

"We have helped more than 12,000 people in an acute situation," Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said. "We must now, step by step, go from emergency measures to a normality that is humane and complies with the law."

Even Germany, a country with a long history of helping refugees, said it can't keep taking in asylum seekers at the current pace. More than 17,500 migrants arrived in just the city of Munich over the weekend, police said.

"The great helpfulness that Germany has shown in these last weeks and months should not be worn thin," the Interior Ministry said. It added that Germany's ability to continue help is contingent on other countries stepping up.

But on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany is pledging an additional 3 billion Euros to the migrant crisis. She said Germany "is of course willing to accept more refugees," but called on other European countries to take more in.

Moments after Merkel spoke, French President Francois Hollande said France is ready to take on more responsibility.

He said the European Commission will propose distributing 120,000 refugees over the next two years, of which France would take in 24,000.

"We will do so because it is the principle to which France is committed to," Hollande said.

Comments (3)

There got to be a reason why Germany/ France are extending open arms to refugees who specifically choose their final destination skipping many countries to get there. I don't think its a question of them being generous or human. Anybody who want to give a guess ? Hint #1.the recent overwhelming YES vote for gay marriage in Ireland ,#2.the productive rage of the target group.

Masamba Akareyo -Tanganda - 7 September 2015

Germany and Austria having both an Social Industrial Complex which means that many refugees are helped to step in by social groups who are getting money for their service from the Government which is helping them because they need cheap labour as they old generation their fights the young generation because they don't have invested in them and now need to survive without them, it's a war between them and Refugees are their ammunition, just that.

Emperor - 8 September 2015

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