German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said the country may see an influx of 1 million refugees this year, more than previously estimated, as housing capacity for migrants becomes “nearly exhausted.”
“There is much to indicate that we’ll take on not 800,000 refugees this year, as the Interior Ministry has forecast, but one million,” Gabriel said in a letter to his Social Democratic party members on Monday. State leaders have indicated that housing capacity for refugees is “nearly exhausted.”
Germany’s decision to re-introduce border controls is temporary and sends a signal to other European Union member states that Germany “can’t take on refugees by itself.” Some EU states “openly reject” a joint resolution of the crisis.
“Without a joint European effort however, a resolution of the refugee crisis won’t work,” Gabriel said in the letter, which was posted on the SPD website.