German Economy Feels the Weight of ‘Permanent Migrants’

German Has the Second Largest Influx of Migrants

Were you aware that Germany has the second largest influx of migrants, second only to the U.S.? It is causing the demography to change quickly. Migrants are coming in from many places and by the hundreds of thousands. It is recorded to be the highest that it has been in 20 years. The numbers are so high it taxes the legal vetting system.

BBC News reports these potential immigrants are called “permanent migrants” because they are allowed to stay in the country for more than a full year. They come from southern, and eastern European areas, looking for jobs and a better economy. The German government welcomes them. They are in need of younger, more skilled workers that fulfill a gap in Germany, due to a low birth rate that has them concerned. According to Dr. Ingrid Tucci, from the German Institute for Economic Research, "Immigrants are on average younger, and the German population is on average older, so immigrants are welcome..." "It's important to attract students and highly qualified people. So the government is making it easier for them, trying to invest and put a culture of welcome in place."

There are risks to allowing so many migrants in without extreme vetting. Open borders can be dangerous. For example, a suspected bodyguard of Osama bin Laden has been in Germany since 1997, thinking it was a safe haven. According to the BBC, he collects a monthly welfare allotment of approximately $1,404 U.S. Dollars (1,200 Euro). He has a wife and children that are German citizens. However, due to the now tightening of immigration control, regardless of the family ties he has created, he was detained by police on Monday and is currently being held for deportation in an industrial area of Germany called Ruhr.

Open Borders Are a Security Risk

An open border is a potential risk to the entire country’s security. This concerning situation falls in line with the fact that two-thirds of Germans are against the number of migrants in their country, and the stress it is putting on their beloved country’s economy. Close to one million people migrated to Germany from Greece and Spain, and mass amounts migrated from Poland (163,000) and Hungary (41,000). These numbers continue to grow. This is why many Germans say unchecked migration has caused an extra burden to their country. They believe it has caused severe problems with, for example, Germany’s schools. In the larger cities, the native German children are being held back due to the vast amounts of Turkish immigrants in their schools. The migrant children do not understand enough German to keep up, which in turn slows the regular education process down dramatically. Overall crime is also up, especially rape of German girls by migrants.

One encouraging move happened Wednesday when Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, were able to come to an agreement. Reported by the Financial Times, the agreement signed Wednesday makes the process easier to send ‘asylum seekers’ to other countries in the EU (European Union). These ‘asylum seekers’ are already registered in other countries in the EU but, again, migrate to Germany for the better economy. Per Financial Times, Tsipras is quoted as saying, “We don’t care about the fact that maybe we’ll have some returns from Germany if this will help, in order to give the signal to the smugglers [that Europe is tackling illegal migration flows].” Berlin is also reaching out to more of their neighbors in an effort to meet regarding the issue. This will not be easy, and there is no quick-fix. Merkel has her work cut out for her regarding immigration.

Germany is feeling the same desperation to control borders as we are in this country. Germany’s borders and immigration ‘rule book’ was much too loose and out of control, and they are feeling the tragic consequences that it has wrought.

Rene' Rights / Writer

I am an instinctual writer. From penning Haiku as a teen to taking a couple writing classes in college, I have always sought to express myself through the written word. Now that I enjoy early retirement, I turn to every platform I can to support President Trump’s agenda.
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