The prime minister of the Czech Republic has blamed Germany for encouraging illegal immigration to Europe.
“Germany has, for the time being, given precedence to the humanitarian aspects of the crisis over security issues,” Bohuslav Sobotka told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published in its December 23 edition.
“Germany sent a signal that could be seen and heard in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa,” he added. “That stimulated illegal migration to Europe. Unfortunately that cannot be denied.”
As reported by the Reuters news agency, about one million refugees and migrants, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, entered the European Union this year. The figure is based on the United Nations.
The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, through which many refugees have travelled but where very few want to settle, have led in their opposition to compulsory quotas for redistributing asylum seekers across the EU bloc, according to Reuters.