Germany criticizes Austria for moving refugees to Bavarian border

October 29, 2015 5:38 am 

MOSCOW, Oct. 28 — Speaking after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chancellor Angela Merkel, de Maiziere stressed that moving groups of migrants to the Bavarian border and letting them cross over by themselves without warning German authorities in advance was not "how it is done among friends."

De Maiziere also said Afghans were the second largest group after Syrians in terms of refugees arriving in Germany in October. This trend is estimated to remain constant throughout this year, he said, adding that many of the Afghan refugees were middle class.

Thousands of refugees, most of them from Syria and Afghanistan, have been entering through Germany’s southeastern region of Bavaria every night, putting additional pressure on local authorities.

Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has issued an ultimatum to the federal government, demanding that the uncontrolled inflow of migrants be stopped.

Over 200,000 refugees arrived in Bavaria in September, which depleted the state's resources for receiving migrants, according to the Bavarian authorities. (PNA/Sputnik)

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