A spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry said the country could seek to leave the planned automatic redistribution mechanism for asylum seekers if the mechanism were to increase the number of migrants into the thousands.
Although Germany has been leading the way in accepting redistributed migrants, the country's interior ministry continues to have some doubts about introducing an automatic mechanism to that end.
Germany could abandon the automatic redistribution mechanism for asylum seekers arriving in Italy and Malta if the program ends results in human traffickers creating a significant increase in the number of migrant arrivals, the interior ministry said.
Steve Alter, a spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry, said that if immigration number should rise into the "thousands," Germany might reconsider the automatic redistribution system of migrants that is supposed to be passed at the European Union interior ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on October 8.
"If it should go over the thousands, then we would need to deduce that the mechanism creates the wrong stimuli, and avoiding that is the stated goal of all member states," Alter said in Berlin. "If numbers increase it would amount to an abuse."
Exit clause as back-up insurance
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer would be prepared to "leave this mechanism" if it did not serve its intended purpose of assisting Italy and Malta with their respective burdens, Alter added.
Alter said that there will be a "so-called exit clause" in the wording of the agreement, which would "allow each participating member state, without further consultations, to suspend its participation in this mechanism".
"We hope that next week, Tuesday, we will be able to convince as many countries as possible to participate," in the proposed redistribution system, Alter said. He also highlighted that in the past 15 months, Germany had participated in "16 cases" where people rescued at sea were relocated to Germany, resulting in 225 new migrants coming to Germany.