German Refugee Agency Head Steps Down

World » EU | September 17, 2015, Thursday // 11:55
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Manfred Schmidt, head of the federal agency for migration and refugees in Germany, has resigned, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported.

Schmidt has cited personal reasons for the move.

This comes after tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in Germany over the past weeks.

Initially the country was determined to receive most of them and then imposing temporary border control with Austria, with the city of Munich warning it has no more capacity whatsoever to accommodate the migrants.

Schmidt's agency is in charge of processing migrants' asylum request and has therefore been the focus of a debate in Germany as to whether all migrants should be welcomed in the country.


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