Müller: Gulf states ‘have to contribute as well’

Saudi Arabia's offer to build 200 mosques for refugees in Germany has been criticised. Müller has called upon it and its neighbours to do more. [Wajahat Mahmood/Flickr]

German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, has called upon Persian Gulf states to do more to tackle the refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.

“The Gulf states have to contribute as well,” said the Minister on the ARD-Morgenmagazin programme on Wednesday (23 September), when discussing the distribution of refugees. Many of the refugees that are making their way towards Europe, in particular towards Germany, have been displaced by the civil war in Syria. “Germany cannot go it alone.”

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Müller also took East European countries to task over their refusal to accept refugee quotas. These countries have received billions in yearly subsidies from Brussels, joining the EU thanks to “our solidarity”. It was “very disappointing” that those countries have refused to help tackle the crisis in “such a catastrophic manner”.

On Tuesday (22 September) in Brussels, EU interior ministers approved a plan to distribute 120,000 refugees throughout Europe, the plan passing via majority decision despite the objections of four East European states.

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Regarding the EU summit on Wednesday (23 September), Müller called once again upon the decision makers to approve an aid programme for refugees worth €10 billion. The money should be allocated from the EU budget and be used to assist the European Mediterranean countries that have been hardest hit by the influx, as well as the countries that neighbour Syria, in order to try and prevent a humanitarian crisis during the winter months. 

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