The migrant crisis is dividing Germany all over again – The Washington Post

This is a powerful article

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English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. Türkçe: Berlin Duvarı, 1989 sonbaharı (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

from the Washington Post arguing that attitudes about migrants and refugees in Germany are more tolerant in the country’s western region than in the former communist east.

Source: The migrant crisis is dividing Germany all over again – The Washington Post

It’s a balanced article but it highlights the extremes of opinion. With no effective European policy to address immigration, it’s likely that tensions in Germany will continue to increase.


2 responses

  1. Continued….
    The Washington Post article brought to us courtesy of Dr Alf is balanced but of course it ignores the fact that America is 99 times the size of the UK and at least 80 times the size of Germany and as a result Germany has less land and less capacity to absorb inward migration than does America.
    People who claim that we must open our doors to everyone might be less sanguine about it if they had to put up with the effects they visit on others with no say in the matter .

  2. The idea that Europe can or should take in vast numbers of Syrians, assorted Africans, Afghans, Pakistanis and others indefinitely is a nonsense at a time when we cannot provide enough jobs or opportunities for our own people.

    Obviously, the Western half of Germany is more prosperous than the East, so for the time being, the people there may be more relaxed and sanguine about the latest influx of 800,000 migrants, whereas people in Eastern Germany view the inward migration with justifiable alarm and trepidation.

    The concept of taking in all comers and then dividing them up on a quota system, which can then be sold to gullible electorates as a “fair and proportionate” way to deal with the problem at a time when that electorate has not been consulted is grossly unfair and one which will eventually result in violence and civil commotion.

    Amongst the migrants there are undoubtedly terrorists but with migrants throwing away identity papers these dangerous people can slip through and once in the UK can buy fake NI numbers, new identities and live like a dormant plague here ready to wreak mayhem.

    It is time to draw a line and send all of these people back, ideally to Libya, where by joint military force we should clear out an area of about half the country ridding it of troublemakers.
    A secure physical border guarded by European troops and drones should then be established and all the migrants left there to settle with our assistance, help and advice. Syrian Christians, Afghan interpreters and migrants with money should be allowed in as economically useful people who in time would earn citizenship.

    My own parents came to this country, after World War II, worked (my late mother was a housekeeper to a Cambridge dermatologist and a lecturer in history at Girton College) and went through the official system to be allowed to remain. I remember vividly attending the local police station in Great Shelford with my late mother who had to report there as a “resident alien” until I was 7 years old.
    Prior to that, my mother and I lived in an institution run by Roman Catholic nuns, not far from Paddington General Hospital where I was born. Mothers were pressured by the nuns to give up their babies to wealthy but infertile couples in exchange for money which they gave to the Catholic order in question. Those like my late mother who refused to give up their babies in this way were required to scrub floors in the basement, which in January during 1949 was at sub-zero temperatures. After that my late mother found lodging for us in what is now Burwood Place at a block of flats owned by a Sicilian landlord, a Mr Paracino, who used to steal my late mother’s tips from residents whose flats she cleaned in exchange for free rent. It was after that that she found a job as housekeeper with the good doctor and his wife, who at that time lived within 100 meters of the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

    The EU and David Cameron, who is again on holiday, seem to have decided that if someone is determined enough to crawl under razor wire, brave riot police or run through the Channel Tunnel successfully, then they can stay in the EU country they end up in without further ado, and if they come to the UK they are probably given a council house and housing benefits as well.

    Clearly the pendulum has swung too far in the wrong direction and things must change.

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