Germany Expects 500,000 Refugees to Arrive in Country in 2016 - Reports

© AFP 2022 / PATRIK STOLLARZPolicemen look on as refugees from Syria demonstrate against violence near the Cologne main train station in Cologne, western Germany on January 16, 2016
Policemen look on as refugees from Syria demonstrate against violence near the Cologne main train station in Cologne, western Germany on January 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The German government is expecting some 500,000 refugees to arrive in the country in 2016, local media reported Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the German Rheinische Post newspaper, Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told migration chief Frank-Juergen Weise to get ready to accept 500,000 refugees. The report on the issue is expected to be published on Tuesday.

Europe, and particularly Germany, have been trying to cope with a large-scale refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty.

EU border agency Frontex recorded over 1.83 million illegal border crossings into the European Union in 2015. About 1.1 million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015.

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