Germany tones down its welcoming message for Syrian refugees

In recent days calls, have grown among conservative politicians to limit the flow of migrants.

November 10, 2015 20:25
1 minute read.
Sryian Refugees

Sryian Refugees in Berlin. (photo credit: URIEL HEILMAN/ JTA)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

BERLIN - Syrian refugees who have made it to Germany may be sent on to other European countries, the German Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, an apparent reversal of an earlier policy that suggested all asylum seekers from Syria would be allowed to stay.

In August, Germany decided to waive for Syrian refugees the European Union's Dublin rules, which oblige migrants to request asylum in the first EU country they arrive in.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

But since then, Germany has struggled to cope with the flood of migrants, the biggest on the European continent since World War Two. Last week, the Interior Ministry said a record 181,000 migrants had arrived in Germany in October. The government expects 800,0000 to one million overall.

In an emailed statement, the Interior Ministry said the Dublin rules had applied to Syrian nationals, which make up the biggest group of asylum seekers in Germany, since Oct. 21.

It said the Ministry for Migration and Refugees would decide case-by-case whether to let migrants apply for asylum in Germany or transfer them to other EU states.

In recent days calls, have grown among conservative politicians to limit the flow of migrants, including a proposal to cancel family reunion rights for some Syrian refugees.

On Sunday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany needed to let world know that it's reaching the limit of its capacity to help Europe's flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Related Content

August 18, 2018
Hedging Bets: Turkey Courts Europe Amid Row With U.S.