Some have speculated that the immigrants departed from the mostly rural province to either reunite with their relatives or to look for more attractive places to stay elsewhere in Germany or even abroad, according to the Local. Others point to failures to provide adequate housing for refugees.
Moreover, refugees are often disoriented after arriving in Bavaria.
“Most of the time they don't know where they are. We recently put up a map of Germany so they can orientate themselves,” Timo Frers, spokesman for the town of Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony, told the Local.
German officials slammed the current situation, stressing the need to get all people looking for asylum in Germany registered promptly once they’ve entered the country. Angelika Jahn, a spokeswoman for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that non-compliance to that rule is “unacceptable.”
According to the Federal Ministry of Labor, some 300,000 immigrants arriving in Germany are expected to move on to other European states.