German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has made a number of abrupt changes to its apparent stance on mass migration in the last few days.
Margot Parker, a UKIP MEP in the East Midlands has welcomed this change of stance but warned it may be too little, too late.
“It is astonishing to look at what is finally being said in Berlin. Faced with repeated electoral embarrassments over the last few months, it seems as though the penny has finally dropped and Germany’s political elite is at least getting the message.
“More than any other country, Germany has borne the brunt of migration from North Africa and the Middle East over the last couple of years, no doubt due to Mrs Merkel’s foolish invitation welcoming whoever wanted to come. Throwing open her country’s borders may have seemed to be a good idea at the time, although I can’t see how, but that illusions seems to have faded.
“Of course, as suggested this week, migrants rescued at sea should be returned to their points of origin and their claims to asylum be processed there. Of course people who come should make every effort to integrate, to work, and to not make the trip simply to benefit from the host nation’s welfare systems.
“Furthermore those who are not refugees, but who are economic migrants, should be sent home. None of this is exactly rocket science, and that it took so long for Mrs Merkel to grasp these very simple realities is worrying.
But Mrs Parker fears the new attitude may have come too late.
“The problem is Mrs Merkel has already encouraged over a million people, mostly young men, to come to Germany. We know why she did this – it was not out of a altruistic desire to help, it was a cynically calculated measure to try and solve the problems facing Germany’s aging population and its low birth rate by importing a new, cheap labour force.
“The huge gender disparity, along with the severe cultural differences between many migrants and Germans, has caused awful problems already – rapes are up, child molestation is up, general sexual assaults are up. This in turn has stimulated the re-emergence of some rather frightening, extreme-right nationalism and seen battles in the streets.
“Even within the migrant communities themselves unexpected and unacceptable issues are arising. Christian (and other religious minority) refugees are being targeted in refugee centres by their fellow migrants.
“Sensible voices have been expressing concerns about this for months now, but we have been shouted down as racists, as unfeeling and uncaring. All those charges are nonsense, and at last the German government seems to be waking up – although I am saddened to say it may already be far too late.”