Berlin’s offer of benefits for asylum seekers was call for migrants: Thomas de Maiziere

Vastavam web: German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned today that Berlin’s generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants.”The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries. This is part of the pull effect towards Germany,” de Maiziere, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post regional daily.His comments today, two weeks ahead of legislative elections, were roundly criticised by the far-left Die Linke party and the German Greens.
Aid for refugees “cannot be reduced below the subsistence minimum,” argued Katrin Goering-Eckardt, head of the Greens parliamentary group.Merkel’s Christian Democrats “are ready to do anything” for votes, she added.De Maiziere today stressed the need to harmonise asylum procedures for European nations, an issue already broached at EU-level.The European Union needs “a truly homogenous asylum system,” he said.