Under growing pressure to resign, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing that Syrian and Iraqi refugees who were welcomed with open arms just a few months ago, will now have to leave Germany and return home when the wars in those countries are over.
“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 [ISIS] as been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” Merkel told a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday, according to Reuters. Merkel likened the situation to the arrival of refugees from war-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s. About 70 percent of those refugees returned home when the war ended, she said.Donald Trump is excoriated world wide for proposing that illegal immigrants should be sent home while Merkel is proposing something similar? Will she become the target of open borders advocates too?
Despite being in charge of the conservative CDU, Merkel has been one of the most aggressive European leaders when it comes to welcoming migrants and asylum seekers from countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. An astonishing 1.1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015. Recently, scandal has erupted after the revelation that police in Cologne initially covered up a wave of organized, migrant-related thefts and sexual assaults during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The German public is increasingly dissatisfied, with a recent poll showing 40 percent of Germans wanted her to resign over her refugee policy. It’s also causing division within Merkel’s own party, with the leader of its sister Christian Social Union (CSU) party threatening to sue the government if doesn’t act to stem the rush of migrants.
The Balkan refugee situation is not analogous to refugees from the Middle East returning home. It was but a short distance for Balkan refugees to return - a home where war damage was limited. The Middle Eastern refugees must travel thousands of miles and return home to a country devastated by a long war. It is extremely doubtful that refugees from Syria and Iraq would want to trade their comfortable life in Germany for the misery of trying to rebuild.
Each new incident of violence by refugees causes Merkel's numbers to plummet. At this rate, she may not survive in office in 2016, becoming a casualty of good intentions gone bad.