article GERMANY — Germany is dealing with a refugee crisis it could not foresee or predict.
And it is taking action now to prevent more people from coming.
Germany’s Interior Ministry said Monday it has set up a task force to assess the situation, and that it is preparing for a possible influx of asylum seekers, as well as an increase in the number of deportations and arrests.
In a joint news conference with his U.S. counterpart, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the task force would look at what’s happening with refugees in Germany and around the world.
He said the group would also look at how the country can help others, and what’s going on with the country’s asylum law.
The task force is already meeting with the German government, but it has to be approved by the federal parliament and the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament.
It was not clear how much time the task forces would have.
It is also expected to present its findings by the end of the month.
The U.N. refugee agency estimates that more than half of all people who have sought asylum in Germany have been sent back to the Middle East, where they are at risk of persecution.
About 100,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere have fled the conflict.
The German government has also set up the U.
Ns International Organization for Migration (IOM) refugee office in Berlin, and it has opened a shelter there.
Germany is home to about 4 million refugees.