Merkel defends refugee policy as expression of ‘humanity’

via Yahoo News

Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday defended her open-door policy to refugees in the face of falling poll ratings, saying it was “part of the basic humanity of our country”.

It was not her job to “spread worry” but “to work on finding solutions to the problems”, Merkel told mass-market daily Bild in a lengthy interview.

She voiced understanding for citizens’ fears given the record influx, expected to reach 800,000 to one million this year.

But she stressed that “for me it is part of the basic humanity of our country that one deals with a refugee in a friendly way, as with every other human being”.

Asked whether she could imagine sheltering a refugee at her home, however, she said: “Although I have great respect for the people who do that, I could not imagine that for me now.”

To manage the migrant wave, Germany would have to quickly repatriate rejected asylum-seekers fleeing poverty not war, said the chancellor.

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