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Angela Merkel's Immigration Quotes Show Germany's Response To Refugees Is Wildly Different To Britain's

01/09/2015 12:08 BST | Updated 01/09/2015 15:59 BST

Despite arson attacks by far-right protesters on its refugee shelters, Germany is regarded by some as an example of how to treat people coming from different countries with acceptance and empathy.

Germany is expecting to receive 800,000 asylum-seeking migrants this year. The UK accepted just 10,050 asylum cases last year, according to Eurostat.

Yet, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a firm stance on migration - making it clear she feels it is her country's duty to help those genuinely claiming asylum from war-torn countries like Syria, and calling on Europe to step up and share responsibility for the huge number of people moving across the region.

Germans are welcoming refugees into their homes, and some hold 'welcome fests' at refugee centres when new people arrive, in a picture somewhat different to the fear and hostility towards people trying to reach Britain from Calais.

A baby born to Ghanaian refugee baby born living in Hanover has even been named 'Angela Merkel' in the chancellor's honour by her grateful mother - it's hard to imagine there are many 'David Camerons' being born to asylum seekers in the UK.

Here are seven of Merkel's recent quotes which capture her distinctive stance on immigration:

Angela Merkel's immigration quotes