Journalists at Berlin’s public service broadcaster were surprised to discover hardline attitudes to newcomers among established migrants in Germany, with some of those interviewed admitting they would like to see many newcomers deported. Migrants who have lived in Germany for decades said a recent influx of foreigners to the area has had a negative effect on residents’ quality of life, and feel that politicians are not representing their interests.
The footage has recently come to light after an English-language
translation was published to YouTube. Although references to the
programme survive on the network’s Facebook page, the original video
which aired in September is no longer on the broadcaster’s website.
Asking about local issues in Berlin’s Neukölln and Kreuzberg
districts, reporters heard “refugees” have driven up rents and damaged
the atmosphere in the neighbourhoods they inhabit.
Rbb24’s first interviewee,
a woman who has lived in Germany for 40 years, described the recent
migrant influx as a “catastrophe”. “The refugees, they have to go away!”
she exclaimed. Asked whether she believes they should all be deported,
the woman shrugs, asserting “they don’t belong here”.
“Today’s refugees get social housing, welfare payments. And this, and
that, and this. Why?” the woman questions. Asserting, “I’m a foreigner
myself”, she proudly tells the reporter she votes for the nationalist
National Democratic Party (NPD).
woman wearing a colourful hijab also expressed annoyance at the way
resources are being used on migrants. Commenting on the recent surge of
foreigners to the area she says: “It’s become a little… terrible around
here. Not like it used to be.”
”Too many people came to Neukölln. When they come they have to earn a
living. They have to give something else — don’t give them our
apartments for example. Don’t give them our jobs,” the woman explained.
A migrant who has worked in Germany for decades also lamented the
effect recentimei numbers waves of migrants have had on the area. “I’ve
had my market here for 20 years. It used to be good people around here
that bought my goods. But now, no one buys anything any more… The
Germans all moved away,” he said sadly, adding: “Now there’s only
refugees and foreigners here.”
One foreign man asserted that more recent migrants are badly behaved
and called for tougher treatment in dealing with offenders. “I’ve been
here for almost 39 years, I’m happy, I have a family. I’m proud of my
son, I have good children,” he says.
“But the foreigners who come now, the ones who came two or three
years ago — they’ve caused so much shit in Germany. If I were a German
mayor, the mayor of Berlin, I swear to you… When these foreigners steal
something — even if it’s small — deport them. Immediately. But they
always ramble about a ‘free country’ and ‘democratic’. What the hell
does that even mean?”
Other foreigners interviewed by the network bemoaned the effect mass
migration has had on the rental market. Asked what he thinks is the
biggest problem for people living in Berlin, an African man identified
housing. “There’s a problem with the rental prices — it’s
uncontrollable. You can no longer get an apartment where you’d like to.
It has become too expensive,” he argued.
from another Berlin resident that mass migration has sent rental prices
“skyrocketing”. The man pointed out that, as a result, “people who have
been living here and working here for a long time” are unable to find
A younger interviewee told journalists: “It would be nice if people
who don’t have as much money — students or the unemployed, or people who
didn’t have the best jobs — it would be great if they could afford a
normal apartment and not only ones in the outskirts or way out in the
On a post promoting the feature, on the television network’s Facebook page,
a number of Germans remarked that white people expressing the opinions
voiced by the foreigners in the segment would be labeled as Nazis. One
user wrote: “If a German went on camera and said what these people have
said, they would be put in jail.”