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Germany's Refugee Policy Tested By New Arrivals


World  (tags: world, Refugees&Relief, politics, europe, Germany, Syrian refugees, society, news, middle-east )

Cal
- 363 days ago - npr.org
As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are after Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to a U.N. request to host them. But they aren't receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asy



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Frances Darcy (218)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 10:24 am
noted
 

Carla van der Meer (519)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 11:54 am
Noted.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:23 pm
Noted, tks
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:29 pm
podpisane
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:39 pm
fGermany covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres so it is not a very big country, But with about 80.3 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state in the European Union.
Germany's way of living has very much declined, and in the meantime they have a lot of poor people living in this country. Also there is an extreme housing shortage at the moment as far as I know.
Many people in Germany are afraid of the radical NDP.
As the quality of life for so many German people has gone, they are afraid there is no money for them left in order to get housing, schooling, etc.
Plus a lot of German people have never moved in their lives. So the understanding is missing of what those poor Syrian refugees are going through. Many Germans don't know how terrifying it can be to live in another country, having to adjust to a different culture, learning a new language, etc.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:01 pm
Thanks Cal
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:37 pm
noted, thanks
 

Joy McR (131)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:17 pm
Noted.. Thank you
 

Carol D. (109)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:54 pm
noted thanks
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 3:03 pm
Noted
 

Betsy Bee (1055)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:45 pm
Interesting article indeed.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:58 pm
Can anyone really blame the Germans?

WHY AREN'T THE SAUDIS TAKING THESE PEOPLE?
 

Karen Chestney (106)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:53 pm
Very interesting article. Just where are those poor people suppose to go?
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:03 pm
"....They say the German government should have planned long ago for the refugees given the fact that the number of asylum seekers in Germany has doubled every year recently...." Really? So it's up to Germany to "plan" to take in more and more refugees each year?

I don't blame the Germans. They have to worry about the costs of the modernization efforts in the former East Germany, bailing out worse-off EU members, crowding more people into an already crowded country, dealing with their own unemployment problems while being expected to bring more and more people into the country/

Pam, from what I've read, Saudi Arabia has been fairly generous with money to help look after Syrian refugees.....in other countries. I couldn't find anything on the internet, however, about Saudi actually taking in those refugees itself. However they are giving Syrian refugees special consideration if they want to temporarily enter Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj......very kind of them.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:19 pm
I just saw a news story about ghost towns. The are entire cities that have been built that are EMPTY. This would be a great place for the global mass of refugees to move into.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:34 pm
Those poor people can go to Iraq or a Muslim country where their presence would be hopefully among others who share the same culture. Europe has been overrun by economic refugees who are competing with other economic refugees who are competing with others.
The Middle east has huge areas of land unused. There is space for many. This is a problem for the arab league to address.
 

june t. (65)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 10:35 pm
Germany is already quite crowded, I don't blame them for having issues with it.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:28 am
great comments scott haakon
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:05 am
noted
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:10 am
Noted, thanks.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:50 pm
Bless Else Haussig and her compassion. This isn't just a problem for Germany but so mant counties. Economies have been just barely holding on and the sudden influx of so many refugees makes it almost impossible to level off. The thing is these refugees, once settled, can be a plus for any economy. Now only educate the dissenters.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:54 pm
Germany never had a great history of taking in refugees. This article is no surprise.
Again, the fault lies with this administration and its lack of action. Because of this, several countries are taking in Syrians in a conflict that should never involve them.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:26 pm
Thanks
 

S J. (116)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:53 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Helen Porter (40)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:45 pm
noted
 

Bob P. (427)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 7:14 am
thanks Cal
 
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