Russia’s top international news agency RT reports that refugees in Germany could lose their permanent right to residency if they fail to learn German and integrate into society, assuming that a new draft law proposed by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is put into practice.
The article examines Germany’s hardening attitudes to immigration. After the popular welcome to refugees last Summer and Angela Merkel‘s rose-tinted policies, Germans are now increasingly in fear, especially women. Unfortunately, immigration policy in Germany is behind the curve and probably needs a complete reappraisal. Merkel has tried to plug the flow via Turkey but the smugglers are already switching resources to North Africa.
Germany can learn from decades of mistakes by the UK Labour Party that encouraged multiculturalism and reduced the concept of ‘Britishness‘. It’s a far cry from in the US or Canada where people are proud of their national identity.
The article is important because Germany is effectively leading the EU and we are witnessing a sea change in policy.