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The article in question quoted the Czech Minister as saying that the refugees were like floodwater which first fills up the basement of the house you live in and then the ground floor and finally engulfs the entire building.
“I have seen many floods: this is a crisis that needs to be actively dealt with,” Babis said in an interview with the Czech daily newspaper MF Dnes.
He pointed to the recent events in Cologne and other German cities where hundreds of women were sexually assaulted and mugged by migrants, most of them from North Africa and warned that this could happen again.
“Chancellor [Angela Merkel] has been changing her position [on the migrant issue], but very slowly because she wants to avoid making mistakes,” Babis said.
Spiegel Online mentioned the much-criticized remarks earlier made by Babis’ German colleague Wolfgang Schaeuble, who likened the incoming migrants to “an avalanche.”
Europe is struggling to cope with a massive migration crisis, as over a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, fleeing violence in their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.