In sign of protest against the uncontrolled migration facilitated by the open doors policy, the Bavarian commissioner sends bus with refugees on Merkel’s doorsteps. The commissioner of the Bavarian state of Landshut sent a bus with 31 migrants to Berlin.
Peter Dreier, the country commissioner of Landshut, is vehemently against the open door policy promoted by Angela Merkel. Dreier said that he had already warned Merkel in October about the plan he would put into motion, should the influx of migrants not decrease.
“If nothing changes and we have to continue taking in 70 migrants in Landshut every week, we will go under”,
Dreier stated for the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Dreier also stated that the 66 migrant facilities found in his district are full and cannot take in the approximately 70 migrants arriving every week. Steffen Seibert, Angela Merkel’s spokesperson said that the government understands the current challenges arising from the open-door policy and is providing ample support to municipalities and towns.
In Berlin, the refugees were greeted by press and the police, and were kept waiting for several hours while negotiations took place. As a result, the refugees were transported into another bus and distributed to different shelters across the city. Dreier also said that some chose to remain in Berlin, while others wished to test their luck in Hamburg, or even return to Landshut.
This desperate move comes in times when Germany’s inability to host and properly integrate the 1,1 million refugees that had arrived last year is being more and more contested by commissioners all over the country. Horst Seehofer, Bavaria’s Premier, is one of the most vocal of them, as his district is severely struggling to tackle the massive influx of refugees.
It has been reported that the 31 refugees were not informed of Dreier’s plan and are not happy with being used as political pawns. Dreier however, stated that all of them had been informed of the plan and gave their consent.
This political stunt comes two weeks after the protests against refugees in Cologne, in a time when the public opinion shifts more and more against welcoming refugees. However, Merkel is unwilling to set a limit on the number of refugees taken by Germany.
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