It is “unacceptable” for some European Union members to close their doors to refugees just because they are Muslims, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.
“Everybody has to do their bit,” she told ARD television. “What I continue to think is wrong is that some say, ‘We generally don’t want Muslims in our country regardless if there is a humanitarian need or not.’ We’re going to have to keep discussing that.”
German officials say they expect to grant entry to as many as 300,000 migrants throughout all of 2016. They are mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, where their lives are in danger from war and Islamic terrorism.
Merkel wants a quota system for the 28-member European Union to accept would-be immigrants.
Several EU members, particularly those in the east with pro-nationalist leaders, oppose any plans to take in any migrants from the Mideast and South Asia, while others oppose quotas.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said last week he does not want a large Muslim community because of the “problems we are seeing.” He said it should be up to each EU country to decide how many to migrants to take in.