The case for mass refugee migration crumbled faster in Germany than any of its staunchest critics had anticipated. Germany has let in over a million refugees, which is high relative to their overall population of roughly 80 million. For perspective, the United States with a population of 320 million would have to take in over four million refugees to match the same amount proportionally as Germany.
Within months of the mass migration, coordinated sex attacks broke out against Germany citizens across the country, surprisingly eliciting zero outrage from feminists.
As 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to resign over the refugee situation, she’s hedging her bets by making her escape plan public.
As Reuters reports:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended.
Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some conservatives to cap the influx of refugees, or to close Germany’s borders.
Support for her conservative bloc has slipped as concerns mount about how Germany will integrate the 1.1 million migrants who arrived last year, while crime and security are also in the spotlight after a wave of assaults on women in Cologne at New Year by men of north African and Arab appearance.
The influx has played into the hands of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), whose support is now in the double digits, and whose leader was quoted on Saturday saying that migrants entering illegally should, if necessary, be shot.
Merkel said it was important to stress that most refugees had only been allowed to stay for a limited period.
“We need … to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that, once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” she told a regional meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Merkel said 70 percent of the refugees who fled to Germany from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s had returned.
It certainly didn’t take Germany long to learn that assimilation of these refugees is impossible. Let’s learn from them.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]