In an interview with RT, Hansjoerg Mueller, an official at the AfD's Bavarian branch, shared the way his party is seeking to resolve the current situation. The AfD was established in 2013 and has become notorious for its statements perceived by some as being of anti-refugee and anti-Islamic in nature.
"There has been no such case in the entire history when a large influx of people from other societies with different cultural values would not lead to a civil war," Mueller said.
"That's what we want to avoid. Our party believes that the best solution would be to close borders to refugees, while maintaining existing economic relations. Some people do not understand our position on this issue, in particular the German state media. However, we do not advocate for an end to economic cooperation," the politician added.
"The vast majority of refugees coming to Germany aren't refugees, [they] have been living in refugee camps in Turkey [and] don't come from war areas. These people only seek a better life," Mueller argued.
The politician stressed that economic migrants and those who really needs help should be separated from each other and dealt with in a different way. He advocated for helping "real refugees" and restricting the inflow of those illegally entering the German border for economic reasons.
"Alternative for Germany is the only party that really cares about these people," Mueller said. "But in order to really help refugees we have to sort them out, bring in real refugees, care about them and feed them. But this is impossible if they're [confused] with economic immigrants," he added.
Mueller also stressed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of open doors violates the country's constitution and the Dublin Convention.
"To protect the constitution, it is necessary to protect our borders. They are to be shut down, and those who illegally entered the country should be deported," Mueller concluded.