Germany has been extremely welcoming of refugees into their country, winning Chancellor Angela Merkel the honor of being Time Magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year.Time praised Merkel, writing that welcoming refugees was “an audacious act that, in a single motion, threatened both to redeem Europe and endanger it, testing the resilience of an alliance formed to avoid repeating the kind of violence tearing asunder the Middle East by working together.”
We now know that it’s done much more to endanger Europe, and its taking a toll on her popularity.Yahoo! News reports:
Nearly 40 percent of German voters think Chancellor Angela Merkel should quit over her liberal asylum policy after almost 1.1 million newcomers arrived last year, a poll showed Friday.
As the mood in Germany has shifted from a euphoric welcome for people fleeing war and persecution last September to growing doubts about the country’s ability to accommodate and integrate the record influx, the popular Merkel has come under increasing pressure.Normally, it’s years before governments admit their gaping failures and begin to fix the problems they created, but Germany is wising up relatively quickly.
Merkel has pledged to “tangibly” reduce the number of migrants and asylum seekers arriving this year with a range of measures in Germany, on the European level and with the help of international partners such as Turkey.
She struck an accord late Thursday with her fractious left-right coalition to tighten asylum policies, notably by making it easier to send back arrivals from North Africa and by delaying family reunifications.And they’re not the only ones. Multicultural Sweden is expelling 80,000 “failed refugees.”
Here’s the silver lining in all this: the same revolt will be seen here. The German people were originally accepting of refugees and quickly turned against it. Americans have always opposed Obama’s refugee program by a substantial margin.
It won’t matter for Obama, who’s riding out his final year in office, but both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have expressed support for the president’s refugee program. They’re going to regret that this November.[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]