Germany Can Accept Up to 200,000 Refugees Each Year

© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberMigrants and refugees crowd in a line as they wait for their registration at central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers LaGeSo (Landesamt fuer Gesundheit und Soziales - State Office for Health and Social Affairs) in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
Migrants and refugees crowd in a line as they wait for their registration at central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers LaGeSo (Landesamt fuer Gesundheit und Soziales - State Office for Health and Social Affairs) in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Germany can cope with no more than 200,000 additional refugees a year, Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer said Sunday in an interview to local media.

Asylum seeker (C, L) takes a selfie picture with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C, R) following Merkel's visit at a branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and a camp for asylum-seekers in Berlin on September 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Seehofer stressed that Germany can integrate only as many refugees. "I consider anything outside that number to be too much," the Bavarian politician said, adding this did not include economic immigrants and families that refugees leave behind.

"In Germany, we have no problem with additional 100,000 to maximum 200,000 asylum seekers and civil war refugees a year," the chief of Bavaria's ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) told Bild am Sonntag.

The head of CSU, which is an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that the priority for 2016 was to curb the influx of immigrants to the country.

Germany has been the main destination for thousands of refugees and immigrants coming to Europe since the start of 2015. Bavaria, the key gateway to Germany for those arriving in southern Europe, saw the average of 4,000 new arrivals a day in December.

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