Pakistan becomes 6th highest asylum seekers in Europe

Pakistan has become 6th country in terms of most asylum cases registered in Europe previous year. A huge number of Pakistanis use to travel through Iran, Turkey and Greece to reach in the central European countries. Pakistan stands 6th behind Syria Iraq and Afghanistan. Syria remained the highest refugee producing country in Europe with 250 thousand refugees. German politicians have reacted with dismay to the change in Austrian policy, which includes a 3,200 daily limit on the number of migrants and refugees being allowed transit through the country.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere complained the number was far too high and sent the wrong signal.

“If others think that they will dump a greater burden on Germany, we won’t accept that in the long term,” he said.

His opposite number in Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, complained that Germany was sending mixed signals.

Germany could not promise Greece that it would continue pursuing its open-border policy while also demanding that Austria stop everyone coming through, she argued. Germans have been shocked in recent days by two anti-refugee protests in the eastern state of Saxony.

Dozens of protesters blocked a bus carrying families to a shelter in the town of Clausnitz on Thursday night, hurling abuse and chanting “we are the people”.

Two nights later, a shelter for asylum-seekers was set alight in Bautzen as onlookers were filmed applauding the action.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert condemned the Clausnitz attack as cold-hearted and deeply shameful. The UN has already counted more than 94,000 arrivals from Turkey on Greece’s Aegean islands since the start of this year. However, the EU’s Frontex border agency said the numbers in January were 40% lower than the previous month, largely because of poor weather.