Development Minister Gerd Müller said in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper that politicians needed to discuss the fears of Germany's citizens following the influx of refugees into the country.

"Despite best efforts," there were "millions of poor families in Germany," Müller, a politician with the Christian Socialist Union (CSU), said on Friday. He added that refugees were being seen as a threat, especially in big cities.

"People are suffering, they feel they have been pushed to the margins and are drawing attention to themselves, because they do not see themselves represented completely," Müller told the newspaper, adding that German leaders had to focus on these issues.

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