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"On the limit" - the German country raises the alarm about the increase in the number of refugees

"On the limit" - the German country raises the alarm about the

Due to the continuous increase in the number of refugees in his state of Thuringia, Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow expressed his concern.

The first refugee reception center in Suhl has been accepting more people than its capacity for some time. "Normally, 800 people should stay there, but in the meantime there are over 1,000. And we continue to have a strong influx."

Demands by the conservative Union to tighten controls at the German borders have been rejected by the prime minister of the state of Thuringia, Ramelow. The Schengen area, where there are no regular border checks, should still be in force. "It does no good to send the police out into the Thuringian forest for promotional purposes." Much more is needed for the solidarity system to function within Europe.

"And everyone who's here should have a work permit in three months, in order to take care of themselves, and they should." This ends the "tale of the threat from refugees."

Deliberate campaign by Belarus and Russia?

Meanwhile, the Interior Minister of Thuringia, Georg Maier (SPD), accused Russia and Belarus of using the refugee issue to increase pressure on Germany. "Behind the increase in the number of migrants coming through Eastern Europe is a deliberate campaign by Russia and Belarus," Maier told the newspaper of the media group, Funkegruppe.

The social democratic politician said that "the autocrats in Moscow and Minsk want to destabilize Germany, and use migration as a means of pressure."

German authorities have determined that migrants such as those from Syria and Turkey fly to Russia and then come organized to Belarus and through that to Poland and Germany.

"So many people in such a short time can only come organized, from a dictatorship like Belarus or an autocracy like Russia." Maier called this "deliberate instrumentalization of migration by states like Russia." DW

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