The German refugee crisis has been an issue for some time now, but 2016 has seen an acceleration in developments, some of which are detailed below.
In January 2016, a prominent ally of Merkel threatened to take her government to court over its open door refugee policy as political pressure grows for the chancellor to reduce the number of new arrivals. Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said he would send the federal government a written request to restore orderly conditions at the nations borders, through which one million migrants and refugees passed in 2015.
In April 2016, a study was conducted, exclusively for the Zeit newspaper which stated that the refugee programme could cost Germany up to 400 billion euros. The results of the study, carried out by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research suggested that the economic impact of the refugee crisis largely depends on the degree of the economic integration of the refugees. A government report at that time suggested that Germany might expect to receive as many as 3.6 million refugees by 2020, with about half a million people arriving each year until that time.
Critics of Germany’s immigration policy believe that the notion that the migrants would come to Germany and enrich the nation’s economy are false and furthermore Merkel has no idea now how to deal with the situation. Furthermore, there is increasing concern that the distinction between those who are genuine refugees and migrants has become blurred. Critics feel that the mechanism by which new arrivals are processed to stay or leave Germany needs an overhaul and increased efficiency and speed in which such cases are dealt with. These issues are further compounded by the inability of German states to be able to send refugees back home which falls under the domain of the federal government. There are increasing concerns that the Schengen treaty needs to be revoked allowing Germany to regain control over its borders. From a legal perspective the need to clearly distinguish asylum law from immigration law was long overdue.
A poll in the last few days in Germany indicates that a majority of Germans do not trust Merkel’s claim that the country will successfully handle its refugee crisis. She has come under intense criticism for her “we can do it” remarks in relation to her open door policy towards asylum seekers. 66 Percent of the respondents said that they do not agree with the chancellor’s policy towards refugees, while some 27 percent support Merkel, the survey said. This was in contrast to a poll taken in August 2015 when 51 percent disapproved of the Chancellor’s policy.
There have been demonstrations in Germany against refugee policy, culminating in an event in Berlin over the weekend where thousands were reported to have converged on Washington Square to voice their displeasure at Merkel’s immigration policy. These demonstrations have further been fuelled by a spate of recent attacks in the period of one week. An Afghan refugee attacked passengers with an axe on a train in Germany on July 18th. Seven teenagers and two adults were killed at a Munich shooting centre on July 22nd. A Syrian refugee killed a pregnant woman, with a machete, in the German city of Reutlingen on Sunday July 24th. On the same day a failed asylum seeker blew himself up outside a wine bar near a music festival in the German town of Ansbach. On 26th July an explosion was reported at an immigration office near Nuremburg and a patient shot and fatally injured a doctor before turning the gun on himself at a hospital in Berlin.
Despite these recent attacks in Germany involving apparent asylum-seekers Merkel has insisted that Germany would not change its willingness to take in refugees adding that the attackers “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need. We firmly reject this”. She did however propose to improve security measures via information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.
It has long been an assertion of the authors of this website and stated elsewhere that there is always a need to take in genuine refugees who are suffering humanitarian crises or who are victims of political, religious or social persecution. However, there needs to be an end to those crises caused by blatant Western intervention in nations where they wish to promote regime change for geopolitical advantage.
It is clear that there is evidence that there is a deliberate attempt to stoke extreme tension and a backlash in the wake of this engineered refugee crisis on the back of intervention in nations where regime change has been actively promoted, which clearly would result in the need to displace people. Furthermore, the desire is to extend this to an all out race war because the cabal;s main agenda throughout history has been to destabilise nations and their people by an insidious divide and conquer agenda.
Despite what has been reported in this article, the vast majority of refugees are peaceful people who themselves are now at risk from retaliatory measures because of these ongoing attacks. It is questionable who precisely is really behind these individual attacks but there are some obvious contenders. It is unquestionable that the cabal are using the refugee crisis as a mechanism to destabilise Europe and it is equally important that no matter how tragic these terror attacks are, they are not representative of most immigrants and equally most people within Germany are welcoming these refugees into their nation.
Yes there are serious issues developing with this crisis, but the focus as ever needs to be on who the real perpetrators are and what their agenda is. People of Germany and beyond need to recognise this and not allow their nations to be used as a battleground for the insane policies of a cabal which is now in terminal decline and are desperate to cause as much political, social and economic mayhem as they can on their way to their inevitable demise.