German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Syrian and Iraqi refugees must return to their home after the conflicts in their countries are resolved.
Mrs. Merkel, while trying to pacify the ever increasing hatred towards Germany’s Open-Doors policy insisted that the refugees would be going back to their homes after the conflicts are resolved. At a regional meeting with her
Christian Democratic Union, Mrs. Merkel said “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 IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained.”
Around 1.1 million refugees have arrived in Germany in the past year, with Mrs. Merkel’s unwillingness to limit numbers leading to considerable criticism from other parties, including the CDU’s sister party the Christian Social Union, which has threatened to take the government to court if numbers are not reduced.
Mrs. Merkel said 70% of refugees who fled from Yugoslavia in the 1900s had returned to their countries.
There has also been an increase in support for far-right party Alternative for Germany – whose leader has said that migrants entering illegally ought to be shot if necessary.
Criticism from the German public has also become increasingly vocal following a wave of sexual assaults on women in Cologne taking place on New Year’s Eve.
A survey conducted by Focus magazine revealed that out of 2,047 Germans, 40 per cent said Mrs. Merkel should resign.
Mrs. Merkel also urged other countries to open their borders to refugees, since “the numbers [in Germany] need to be reduced even further and must not start to rise again, especially in the spring.”
She said that all EU states would suffer from the collapse of the passport-free Schengen zone, and it is in their interest to keep these internal borders open.