Germany is prepared to take in 25% of migrants who arrive in Italy by boat, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Germany newspaper Süddeutschen Zeitung.
In an apparent goodwill gesture ahead of European Union talks on immigration later this month in Malta, Seehofer said: “If all that has been agreed stands, we would be able to take in 25% of people rescued at sea and who end up in Italy.”
“This will not overwhelm our migration policy.”
The talks in Malta, scheduled for September 23, have been planned as EU member states seek to reach a deal on the distribution of migrants who arrive by rescue boats.
Seehofer was keen to stress Germany’s view. “I have always said that our immigration policy is humane,” he continued. “We will let no one drown.”