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German Capacity to Accept Syrian Migrants Limited

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschGerman Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble - Sputnik International
Germany’s capacity to accept Syrian refugees, who make up the vast majority of asylum seekers gathering at German borders, has been stretched, the country’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Sunday.

Migrants wait at a meadow near Breitenberg, south eastern Germany, October 5, 2015, before the German police will bring them to a first registration point in Passau. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking with the national ARD channel, Schaeuble backed Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere’s proposal to bar successful asylum seekers from Syria from bringing their families over to Germany.

"We must restrict family reunions because our capacity to take in [refugees] is not unlimited," the minister said, adding it was a necessary measure because "we can’t have everyone come to Germany."

He added Europe’s capacity to accept migrants was limited too, as he criticized senior European officials for giving would-be asylum seekers false hopes and sending a wrong message by participating in widely-publicized welcome ceremonies for refugees.

The German Interior Ministry said in early October that it had registered some 577,000 asylum seekers within the first nine months of 2015, one-third of whom are believed to be of Syrian origin.

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