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    Austrian Chancellor: ‘Germany Should Accept Refugees Directly From Greece'

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    In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Kurier, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called on Germany to accept refugees directly from Greece, Turkey and Jordan.

    According to the politician, Austria is not willing to play the role of a "waiting room". Faymann stressed that refugees from Greece and its neighboring countries should be directly transferred to Germany.

    Faymann also suggested that Germany should introduce a daily quota for refugees, according to which a certain number of migrants will be allowed to enter the country on a regular basis.

    "It should set a daily quota and directly transfer those refugees from Greece, Turkey and Jordan to Germany," the politician said.

    Since early January, Germany has started so to send the so-called economic refugees back to Austria. As a result, Austrian authorities introduced daily refugee caps in order to stop the uncontrolled influx of refugees through their country.

    Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee influx, with thousands of migrants fleeing conflict-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety and asylum.

    The refugee crisis led to a division in the ranks of European leaders and caused chaos across Europe. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel pursues a policy of open doors toward refugees, such countries a Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have rejected any calls to impose a compulsory relocation of refugees on their territories.

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