Projections are that Germany will spend about $6.6 billion this year to assist the approximately 800,000 migrants and refugees expected to have crossed into the country by the year’s end. The announcement came from the German government on September 7 after both Germany and Austria opened their borders to the wave of humanity arrived from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. Hungary had kept many of the migrants and refugees in holding area but soon released them for onward travel. Germany Secretary-General Yasmin Fahimi said of the open-door policy, "We had to give a strong signal of humanity to show that Europe's values are valid also in difficult times. Hungary's handling of the crisis is unbearable."
For his part, on September 6, Pope Francis called on the Catholic parishes of Europe to foster at least one migrant family each in a show of Christian solidarity.
In Munich alone, 28,500 people arrived over the past week: 17,800 on September 5-6. The city is rapidly running out of beds. Authorities are diverting migrants to other cities and states within Germany. Germany is also expected to facilitate the deporting of asylum seekers from countries such as Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro, which are not considered to be as dangerous as Syria and Iraq are currently.
German and Austrian volunteers are greeting the migrants with food and water. On September 6, a caravan of 140 cars and trucks left Vienna to collect exhausted migrants who were walking the 110 miles between Budapest, the Hungarian capital, to the Austrian border. The convoy of volunteers brought food, water, and blankets.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on September 6 that the United Kingdom is committed to taking on 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Speaking in parliament, Cameron said that the U.K. has a "moral responsibility" to resettle refugees currently surviving in camps just outside Syria, while also seeking to end the conflict between the Bashr al-Assad regime and the Islamic State. As for France, French President Francois Hollande said that his government will accept 24,000 refugees. He said that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have to spread the migrants across Europe.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has proven to be much more sanguine about the crisis. He has warned that any EU quote system for migrants is unworkable. While saying he will push for reform, he also pledges to build an 11.5-foot high barrier on Hungary’s southern border to ward off migrants. In an interview with an Austrian broadcaster, Orban said "We are protecting Europe according to European rules that say borders can be crossed only in certain areas in a controlled way and after registration." When asked whether Hungarian soldiers would fire on migrants seeking admission to Hungary, Orban said "It is not necessary because there will be a fence that cannot be crossed. Whoever wants nevertheless to cross the fence must be arrested and prosecuted. No use of arms will be necessary."
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