City Council welcomes compromise to accept refugees

Burkhard Jung, about dts
Burkhard Jung, about dts
The President of the German Association of Cities, Burkhard Jung (SPD), welcomed the compromise made by the governing coalition to accept refugees.

“I am glad that after the fire in Moria, Germany decided to go boldly alone. It would have been a mistake to wait for the long-stalled reform of the European asylum system, ”said the Mayor of Leipzig in the newspapers of the Funke media group (Wednesday editions).

But this reform must finally succeed, added the SPD politician. "We need a permanent and sustainable solution in Europe for dealing with refugees." Many cities in Germany would like to take in families who have fled, said Jung - and named criteria for distribution. "We are now expecting that the refugees coming to us from Greece will be distributed to the federal states according to the usual procedure using the Königstein key," said the President of the City Council. "Afterwards, the cities that have declared their willingness to accept should be given particular consideration." The Königstein Key specifies how the individual states of the Federal Republic of Germany are to be involved in joint financing. The share that a country has to bear is based two-thirds on tax revenue and one-third on the size of the population.