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The Latest: Merkel sees no legal limit on asylum-seekers

The Latest: Merkel sees no legal limit to number of asylum-seekers Germany can receive

The Latest: Merkel sees no legal limit on asylum-seekers

The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

9:00 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no legal limit to the number of asylum seekers her country can receive.

Merkel told the Funke consortium of newspapers in an interview published Saturday that "the right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum seekers."

She says that "as a strong, economically healthy country we have the strength to do what is necessary" and ensure every asylum seeker gets a fair hearing.

But Merkel repeated her government's position that those migrants who stand no realistic chance of getting permission to stay need to be returned to their home country.

Germany has seen tens of thousands of migrants arriving each month, many of them refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere.


7 a.m.

More than 1,000 people from the Middle East and Asia, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, have arrived before dawn Saturday on the border with Austria.

The breakthrough became possible when Austria announced that it and Germany would take the migrants on humanitarian grounds and to aid their EU neighbor.

In jubilant scenes on the border, hundreds of migrants bearing blankets over their shoulders to provide cover from heavy rains walked off from buses and into Austria, where volunteers at a roadside Red Cross shelter offered them hot tea and handshakes of welcome.

Many collapsed in exhaustion on the floor, smiles on their faces.

Updated : 2021-09-22 00:37 GMT+08:00