With Germany still struggling with the endless migrant influx, yet another German city has imposed a ban on refugee intake. Pirmasens in southwestern Germany became the latest town to block new migrants from moving in, German newspapers reported on Wednesday. German cities of Cuttbuss, Salzgitter, Delmenhorst, and Wilhelmshaven have also placed similar restrictions in the recent months.
According to the local media reports, town officials cited insufficient funds for turning away fresh refugees. Previously, the town of about 40,000 took in more than 1,000 migrants in the wake of the migrant crisis that began in the autumn of 2015. The town was reportedly having trouble accommodating and integration the new arrivals, mostly young men from Arab and Muslim countries. In January, the eastern Germany city of Cuttbus had suspended refugee intake after a series of violent crimes involving migrant perpetrators.
The move comes just days after a food bank in the German city of Essen sparked a nationwide controversy by deciding to stop handing out free food to migrants. The charity Essener Tafel justified the measure by stressing the need to feed the elderly and the needy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the charity for barring the migrants— the majority of whom are young, able-bodied man. “One shouldn’t run services on the basis of such categorisations. That’s not good,” Chancellor Merkel commented earlier this week.
German newspaper Die Welt reported the decision taken by the authorities in Pirmasens:
For the officially recognized refugees and those granted subsidiary asylum, city of Pirmasens will now be off limits. The Interior Ministry of the Rhineland-Palatinate state will help the town impose a ban. “We are ready to help Pirmasens temporarily, as we have a special situation there,” Anne Spiegel, state’s Interior Minister belonging to the Green Party, said this after talks with the representatives of top municipal associations in the city of Mainz. The state is responding to the massive influx that has caused problems in Pirmasens with regard to finance and integration.
Important aspects are being clarified on the operational level to implement the ban as soon as possible. Ministry did not say when such a ban will become effective. [Translation by author]
Cities and municipalities across Germany are facing severe financial constraints as an ever-increasing number of working-age migrant man goes on welfare. Around 600,000 of the newly-arrived migrants are sitting on the dole despite being young and apparently healthy, Die Welt reported last December. Cities and municipalities shoulder a substantial part of that financial burden.
The cities also have to deal with the rising crime rate linked to the uncontrolled migrant influx. A recent study commissioned by the government acknowledged that the rise in violent crimes in Germany was directly related to the arrival of new refugees. The researchers studied the data from the German state of Lower Saxony to examine the correlation between the migrant arrivals and the recent surge in violent crimes between 2014 and 2016, a period during which such crimes surged by 10.4 percent. More than 90 percent of these additional crimes were attributed to the newly arrived migrants.
The latest data released by the German governments shows that almost 20 percent of the population is now threatened by poverty. Estimated 16 million Germans were currently living in poverty—with elderly pensioners among the hardest hit. The poverty figures under Merkel’s watch have grown “higher than ever since the unification,” a German broadcaster commented.
“The conflict over the distribution of resources” among poor natives and immigrants has begun, wrote the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an editorial on Wednesday, citing the furor in the City of Essen over food distribution.
In an open “conflict over the distribution of resources” between frail German pensioners and fighting age immigrants, the scales are heavily tipped in favor of the latter. And in the unequal contest such as this, Chancellor Merkel rushed to throws her full weight behind the migrants.
With new migrants preferring to go on the dole than to seek gainful employment, Merkel government is going to face the daunting challenge of finding the means to sustain its open doors policy. According to the German think-tank Stiftung Marktwirtschaft, Merkel’s migrant policy could cost the German taxpayers up to €878 billion in the long run. If Germany, however, fails to integrate its migrants into the national workforce, these costs could skyrocket to €1.5 trillion, a prominent German economist Bernd Raffelhueschen maintains.
As I have noted in my previous posts, if Germany stays the course on its over-generous migrant policy, the country will go bankrupt before it can ever get Islamized.
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