Merkel Defends Immigration Decisions: Opening German Borders ‘Not a Mistake’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends moves to open Germany's borders in 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her decision to open Germany's borders to mass immigration in 2015, arguing that the move was "not a mistake."
Speaking on Tuesday evening at a town hall dialogue in Brandenburg, Merkel stood by the move to welcome the influx of over a million third world migrants into Germany.
The German Chancellor said that opening up the borders was necessary due to the “extraordinary situation” of conflict in Syria and Islamist terrorism in the Middle East.
Speaking about the refugee crisis in 2015, Merkel stated that, if mistakes were made, then taking in a high number of asylum seekers "was not one of them."
According to Breitbart, her decision to suspend the Dublin Regulation on asylum with her announcement that “refugees” were welcome — moves which triggered an unprecedented wave of third world migration to Europe — were “not something to disown,” she told the audience.
“If there were mistakes made in the context [of the 2015 crisis], taking people in was not one of them,” Merkel insisted, adding:
“The mistake was not going in advance to places hosting lots of refugees, like Lebanon and Jordan, to see how people were doing there.
“Therefore we have since learned about helping refugees locally,” she said — as if no-one had advocated such a policy previously.
The German politician’s opening of EU borders was greeted with an outpouring of praise from left-neoliberal international media outlets.
Many of which — along with global bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — gushed that the move was sure to boost German prosperity.
The government has spent tens of billions of euros per annum on housing, welfare, and integration for newcomers since the crisis.
65 percent of the “refugees” who arrived in Germany in 2016, however, are still not in work, as Breitbart London reported in January.
Results of a large-scale study by the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which interviewed 7,500 migrants, were branded “sobering” by local media.
The study revealed that 20 percent of employed migrants were only working “mini-jobs,” while even refugees in full-time employment earned a median salary of just 1,564 euros (£1,371) gross per month.
Germany has also seen a rise in violent crime since the influx.
The country’s Interior Ministry last year admitted that asylum seekers, refugees, and illegal immigrants carried out at least 447 killings and attempted killings in 2017.