If he refuses, they call him an unbeliever, spit at him, and threaten his life.
Yes, the current crises is about refugees but it is about a lot of other things – individual country or collective responsibilities in response to displacement, the role of immigration in population supplementation and skill recruitment, what works in terms of successful settlement outcomes.
Highlighting her personal engagement with the world’s largest democracy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to visit India between October 4 and 7 to attend the 3rd inter- governmental consultations, the German Embassy announced on Wednesday.
“Isn’t it a disgrace for humanity that we still need to underline this”, Xinhua quoted Merkel as saying at the United Nations event, which opened on September 27.
Attendees at the Mexican conference were to be briefed by the Parliamentary State Secretary from the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, but she was understandably detained in Germany to discuss and develop an approach to the Syrian refugees. And it is cracking down on migrants from the Balkans by making Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro safe countries of origin. People see themselves as citizens of their region and/or of the European Union, whil “Germany” remains quite abstract.
For Syrian and other refugees, there are steps to provide more housing and support for unaccompanied minors and to speed up the asylum process. The mounting refugee crisis was primarily viewed as “their problem”. And she has sought to reassure Germans by introducing a tough new asylum law. However, this shift lasted little more than two weeks.
Two days later, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere blamed Dr Merkel indirectly for the refuge influx.
Meanwhile, the number of refugees and migrants wanting to reach Europe will not diminish.
The difficulties prompted Germany to impose border control within hours of our briefing.
It is also not solved by expediting the legal processing of asylum applications.
And that’s why Hans-Joachim Maaz – one of Germany’s leading psychiatrists – believes Chancellor Merkel is out of her depth. However, state administrations are understaffed and have insufficient resources to deal with the most basic tasks, such as providing the people in need with a roof over their head, much needed healthcare and something to eat.
This welcome seems to have blindsided global media, especially the reception at the Munich train station with a huge applauding crowd and the police having to ask people through Twitter not to bring more donations because the station is overflowing. Politicians and commentators seem overwhelmed by the masses of refugees that were “fortunate” enough to find themselves stranded at their borders.
Nonetheless, the mayhem Sunday served as a warning of how tensions can escalate between often traumatised people from different cultures sharing densely packed spaces as they battle tedium and uncertainty.
The consequences of these wars could make or break Europe. They do not want to accept Muslims.