Head Of German Refugee Office Quits As Migrant Crisis Grows

The head of Germany’s refugee office, which has been criticized for its handling of record numbers of asylum seekers, has resigned, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

As Reported By Breitbart:

Manfred Schmidt’s departure, which was for personal reasons, came as the number of refugees entering Germany doubled in 24 hours and controls were extended to cover the border with the Czech Republic.

Schmidt’s resignation is likely to increase scrutiny of his boss, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who has come under pressure because officials have been slow to process the flood of refugee arrivals.

But, asked on Thursday evening whether he had considering resigning himself, de Maiziere said: “No, I’m working.”

The opposition Greens suspect Schmidt’s resignation was a move intended to protect de Maiziere, with leader Simone Peter saying Schmidt was a “pawn sacrifice”.

De Maiziere said he respected Schmidt’s decision to leave and stressed that he had “done an excellent job”.

Earlier on Thursday the interior ministry released a statement saying the current political situation had put the spotlight on the Office for Migration and Refugees.

“The dramatically rising number of asylum seekers in Germany poses enormous challenges to the Office as well as to Germany’s states and municipalities,” it said.

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Migrants walk towards a bus after they arrived in Freilassing

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