Germany warns at 'limit of capacity' as migrant numbers surge

 

BERLIN – German authorities warned on Sunday they were stretched to capacity to welcome refugees arriving en masse, as Europe scrambled to hold emergency talks on the unprecedented crisis.

Some 13,015 refugees arrived in Munich on Saturday alone, and at least 1,400 are expected Sunday to reach the southern German city – the end of their exhausting and often perilous journey through Hungary and Austria. Germany has become the destination of choice for many refugees, particularly for Syrians after Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to relax asylum rules for citizens of the war-torn country.

However, with some 450,000 people arriving in Europe’s biggest economy so far this year, local authorities are buckling under the sudden surge. “Given the numbers from yesterday, it is very clear that we have reached the upper limit of our capacity,” said a Munich police spokesman.

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