14:40 GMT20 September 2020
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    The anti-Islamisation radical group Pegida called for Germany to toughen its asylum policy, posting a 10-point plan on its Facebook page.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier this week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced plans to distribute 160,000 refugees among EU member states, with compulsory acceptance quotas.

    Under the plan, Germany is due to host 31,443 asylum seekers.

    "We call for an immediate stop for asylum seekers, and we call for a German asylum-emergency law — now!" the first point of the plan reads.

    The group called for stricter border controls, suspension of the Schengen agreement, broadening a list of so-called safe countries of origin, and the introduction of limits on the annual reception of asylum seekers.

    Pegida claimed that if Brussels opposes a stricter migration policy, the organization would encourage a German exit from "this bullying dump EU."

    Germany is among EU countries dealing with a rapidly escalating refugee crisis, as hundreds of thousands of people flee war-torn regions in the Middle East and North and Sub-Saharan Africa seeking refuge in the European Union.

    Pegida supporters called for strict immigration rules in Germany and staged protests claiming fears over what it called an "Islamisation" of Europe.

    Germany has faced the largest number of EU member-state asylum applications in 2014, according to UN data.


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