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As various European countries make it more difficult for asylum seekers to enter or stay within their borders, Germany has taken the opposite stance: welcoming all refugees that can make it there and stating there is “no limit” to the number. Germany alone expects to receive least 800,000 refugees and migrants by the end of 2015.
The exodus of people from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East to Europe is the largest movement of people since World War II. To many of these people, Germany is the destination, and Berlin is the dream – a flush European capital.
The reality is that the German system is completely overwhelmed by the enormous numbers. Offices managing refugee issues are overwhelmed, understaffed and in some cases, are falling dramatically behind in meeting demands.
A Berlin city official discussing a recent statement from the Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming that the U.S. would receive 110,000 refugees by 2016, said “We could give that to them in a week.”