NYT: Germany under strain from influx of Syrian and other Muslim refugees

Not a new story here at RRW as we follow the ‘Invasion of Europe’ on a daily basis.  Yesterday the New York Times did the Germany story.  The headline should really be ‘Merkel calls emergency meeting as citizens riot.’

Angela Merkel has her work cut out for her. Germans want “Ruhe und Ordnung” and that is not going to happen if the Merkel government continues to put out the welcome mat.

(I’m looking for the day when the unrest in Europe over Muslim immigration (finally!) shows up on Fox News.)

We are watching Germany closely because the extraordinary numbers of refugees Germany has promised to take will result in a pretty swift answer as to whether the country will survive this folly, or not.

Go here to see that Germany, by far, tops the latest list provided by the UNHCR of countries “welcoming” Syrians. And these numbers do not include the Africans, Afghanis and Iraqis seeking asylum as well.

My guess is that Germany will not have the guts now to do an about-face and tell the UNHCR no more!

By the way, we are concerned about the fact that the US is listed by the UNHCR as “open-ended resettlement.” 

From the New York Times (emphasis is mine):

BERLIN — Ahmad Mahayni, a 38-year-old businessman from Damascus, is one of about 200,000 people expected to throw themselves on Germany’s mercy this year and apply for asylum.

Mr. Mahayni is resourceful, and he seems determined to build a future for his family. He helps out in the refugee facility where he was sent after arriving at the Berlin airport and telling the police that he was seeking asylum. A fairly fluent English speaker, he quickly figured out that “the key of success here is the language” and began taking 10 hours of German class each week.

But even as refugees like Mr. Mahayni work hard to adapt to their new homes in Germany, Germans are contending with a stream of new arrivals.

Three and a half years of war in Syria have produced the world’s worst refugee crisis, the United Nations says. In Germany now, refugees are arriving by the thousands, and even in the country where a Nazi past constantly evokes reminders of a special duty to help, the welcome mat is wearing thin.

To a large extent, the reluctance begins with a question of where to house ever more arrivals. Cities from Hamburg to Munich to Berlin have variously resorted to tents and modified shipping containers, and even talked of vast ships — a solution last used in the 1990s, when the Balkan wars created a similar influx into a recently reunited Germany.

The problem has grown so acute that Chancellor Angela Merkel has summoned the governors of Germany’s 16 states to meet in the coming weeks. Her vice chancellor, the Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel, has already urged the allocation of an extra billion euros, or about $1.2 billion, in aid to hard-pressed communities. The authorities admit that they failed to anticipate such a wave of refugees and in recent years tore down too many empty buildings that could have been useful now.

Angry citizens — who say they have nothing against foreigners but voice fear for their children and the “Ruhe und Ordnung” (peace and order) so treasured by Germans — have berated officials and organized small but growing protests in several places where refugee centers are planned.

Not a “small” protest in Cologne a few weeks ago, here.

Read it all.  In typical mainstream media fashion, NYT reporter finds someone to say something nice and wraps up with a hopeful little quip.  There is nothing hopeful about any of this!

Our complete archive on Germany is here.

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