Germany could face one million asylum seekers this year: vice chancellor

Germany may receive one million people seeking refugee status this year, up from the record 800,000 arrivals predicted so far, said Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Monday. “There are many signs that Germany this year will take in not 800,000 refugees, as forecast by the interior ministry, but one million,” he wrote to members of his centre-left Social Democratic party. Germany, buckling under the pressure of the wave of asylum-seekers, reintroduced identity checks Sunday on people travelling within the passport-free Schengen zone, essentially reversing its open-door policy to Syrians.

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