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Syrian Refugees in Germany to Be Checked for Terrorist Links – Merkel

© AP Photo / TOBIAS SCHWARZSyrian refugees queue outside outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on August 25, 2015
Syrian refugees queue outside outside the State Office of Health and Social Affairs in Berlin (LAGeSo) where hundreds of migrants wait to receive help from the Berlin administration on August 25, 2015 - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that German authorities will determine the exact origin of all Syrian refugees and check their involvement in terrorist groups.

A migrant crawls under a fence as he attempts to access the Channel Tunnel in Calais, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Some thousands of migrants have been crossing fence border controls near the Channel Tunnel linking France and Britain, trying to board freight trains or trucks destined for Britain - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — All Syrian refugees arriving in Germany will be checked for terrorist links, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, speaking in Vienna during the Western Balkans Summit.

“We will determine the exact origin of all Syrian refugees and check their involvement in terrorist groups. At the same time, we will try to speed up the decision-making process on applications for refugee status," Merkel said.

Earlier this month, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that up to 800,000 asylum seekers and refugees are expected to arrive in the country by 2016, three times as many in the previous year.

Migrants wait for the visit of German President Joachim Gauck in an asylum seekers accommodation facility in Berlin, Germany, August 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Europe is currently facing a major migrant crisis. According to the EU border agency Frontex, 340,000 migrants have arrived in European Union countries since the beginning of 2015.

The majority of migrants entering Europe come from crisis-torn countries, where radical Islamist groups operate, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Frontex.

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