Europe

Merkel: Migrant situation in Germany "many times better"

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the budget 2017 debate at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country has made many strides in the past year in dealing with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in 2015, but that there is still much to do.

Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Merkel said that her government has sped up integration measures for migrants with good prospects of staying, increased school funding to help their educations, and worked with cities and states to find solutions to local problems.

She says "the situation today is many times better than a year ago, but there remains a lot to do."

Among other things, Merkel says the country still needs to improve the mechanism for quickly processing migrants who have little chance of being given asylum.