THE German government has announced border checks on migrants arriving in the country will continue indefinitely.
More than a million migrants have arrived in Germany in the last year after Angela Merkel flung its borders open to Syrian refugees.
But the Chancellor’s move has come under increasing pressure, with her own party admitting the country is “on the verge” of being “overwhelmed”.
A string of German cities were rocked by a string of alleged sexual attacks against women by asylum seekers on New Year’s Eve.
And Thomas de Maiziere yesterday said the border checks – introduced as a temporary measure in September – will remain for the foreseeable future.
The Interior Minister said: “I don’t foresee a moment when we can end it.”
He added: “We will send back people who do not have valid entry documents and do not apply for asylum in Germany.”
His admission came after hundreds of refugees launched a lawsuit against the German government in a row over asylum applications.
They are suing the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees after reportedly waiting more than a year for their claims to be processed.
The office is thought to have a backlog of 360,000 asylum cases as the migrant crisis continues to spiral out of control.
Earlier this week one of the world’s richest men insisted Merkel has shown leadership in the face of the crisis.
Billionaire George Soros said: “Merkel correctly foresaw the potential of the migration crisis to destroy the European Union.”
He added: “And the people who can stop Merkel’s dire prediction from coming true are actually the German people.”