Sunday, February 12, 2017
Merkel's Trying To Buy Her Way Out of Germany's Refugee Crisis
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing new elections and is not doing at all well in the polls. Quite simply, the Muslim refugees she imported en masse to Germany have turned into a nightmare, with violent crime including sexual assaults at unheard of levels. And most of these refugees, rather than working are enjoying the generous German social welfare benefits, which is exactly why most of them came to Germany in the first place.
Merkel's new scheme to try and get back into her fellow German's good graces before elections involves paying migrants millions of Euros to leave.
Merkel is setting aside $95 million (€90m or £76m) in taxpayers’ money to create a fund to try to pay these refugees to withdraw their asylum applications and leave Germany voluntarily.
Germany rejected 170,000 asylum claims in 2016 , according to the Daily Mail, but only 26,000 were repatriated to their home countruies while 55,000 more decided to leave voluntarily and try their luck elsewhere. But that leaves 81,000 rejected applicants who are probably still in Germany!
Angela Merkel' solution - making German citizens who didn't want these people in their country in the first place to pay millions to get rid of them - is going to be an epic fail. Here's why.
Even Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s First Vice-President has admitted that at least 60% of the Muslim migrants coming to the EU aren't fleeing war zones at all, but are simply economic migrants attracted by the generous social welfare benefits of countries like Germany. When offered a one time modest payout as opposed to years of welfare, free medical and free housing, why would they leave?
And even if they took the money and left, what would stop them from returning with a new name and a new story? Nothing. In fact, that's already happened with several migrants involved in terrorist attacks in the EU.
It's also worth remembering that the EU has tried this kind of bribe before. Remember how Turkey's Tayyip Erdoğan conned what, €3 billion out of the Eu to store these migrants in Turkey? Since he already has the cash, there's nothing stopping him from simply opening his borders and letting the migrants flood into the EU, which Erdoğan threatens to do every so often anyway.
Merkel really has only a couple of options. She could cut off all social welfare to the migrants which would either involve a lot of them self deporting or massive unrest. Or she could start deporting migrants in large numbers and find a country or countries not on Europe's borders willing to accept them for a suitable bribe. That's probably the least costly option, but it will cost a lot more than €90m to pull off if it can be done.
And even if successful, it's highly unlikely to resonate well with the German electorate who are going to have to pay for it all, unless Merkel can con the EU into splitting the tab.
Talk about your self-inflicted wound! So traurig, Frau ReichsKanzler...