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200,000 refugees are waiting for the crossing to Europe,” Die Welt, February 21, 2016:
Die Welt Google translate — not perfect, but you get the idea:
The EU intends to strictly ensure the Aegean, but in North Africa already waiting 200.000 immigrants for better weather: you want across the Mediterranean. Other refugee routes might be popular.
The European Union is negotiating feverishly about the fact that fewer refugees transiting through the so-called Balkan route. But European authorities expect that the immigrants adopt due to strict border protection measures and new ways to bypass the Western Balkans. The conclusions of the European Council it is therefore, one must pursue potential developments on alternative routes carefully, “to respond quickly and in concert to”.
A stronger securing the EU’s external border in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey will probably lead to many refugees will resort to the very dangerous central Mediterranean route from Libya and Egypt. Intelligence services from different countries watch for information the “Welt am Sonntag” that are already waiting in Libyan coastal towns 150000-200000 refugees for better weather to dare the journey across the Mediterranean. So far, the refugees come here mainly from Eritrea, Nigeria and Somalia. The number of migrants from the war zone in Syria rises, however.
In a strict border security in the Aegean experts also expect more attempts to escape via the Black Sea. The 2015 first time less concern about the focus refugee route via Georgia and Russia to Europe could be popular.
In the case of closure of the border in Macedonia, the experts is likely that the refugee train dodge their way through the Greek west coast, or tries to enter Albania from across the sea to Italy. In addition, the land to Bulgaria could be popular. In security circles warns that highly protected borders reduce migratory pressure, but will not eliminate it. One reason is the continued in Syria raging war and the continuing poor situation in many refugee camps and various conflicts in Africa.
Steinmeier calls for protection zones in Syria
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stepped meanwhile in diplomatic negotiations, the establishment of protection zones for refugees in the civil war zone in Syria. An agreement on measures to protect the civilian population and of hospitals, schools and refugee camps is a priority, so the SPD politician. “If go along all sides, this can also lead to define areas where be no more fighting and where obtained, running away from the fighting civilians protection,” Steinmeier told the “Welt am Sonntag”.Refugee Coordinator of the Federal Government
While increased calls for a strengthening of the European internal borders, wants the Refugee Coordinator of the Federal Government, head of the chancellery Peter Altmaier (CDU), hold first the European approach towards a reduction in the migrant population. “We may in future be successful with Turkey and Greece at the external border,” Altmaier told this newspaper. “Therefore, we should not throw in the towel just before the finish.”
Altmaier called refugee policy “historically correct”
Altmaier warns of a change of course in the refugee policy and asks for patience: “Our policy was correct, but it took time. Once the numbers drop significantly, we will convince and recover most of the critics” At the same time the head of the chancellery warns against excessive expectations: “The refugee crisis will not be over when Plan A works, and they would not have to end when Plan B would The refugee crisis is still concern us very long..”Markus Söder
The refugee coordinator defended the policy of the federal government: “Our approach of a European solution to the refugee crisis was born added out of necessity, and there has been absolutely But it is still more than just crisis management If we are successful, we can not only stability in the.. receive Western Balkans and in Europe, but also stabilize the Middle East. “
Chancellor Merkel moves with its refugee policy in the German tradition says Altmaier:. “The question of whether we use our national interest by unilateral measures or by European action, is not a moral but a strategic That was the approach of Otto von Bismarck, by Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. now it is the approach of Angela Merkel. “
Even in the event of failure of the policy of the federal government had been right:.. “The attempt to achieve a European solution to the refugee crisis, remains historically accurate definitely Whether it succeeds, you can find out just by trying the EU as a whole must guide show, “Altmaier said.