Oh god, I sound like a politician when I use the phrase, 'genuine refugees'. Without doubt in my mind, many who fled Syria are not genuine refugees but people looking for a better standard of living in a western country. The same applies to many who want to come to Australia. They want a better life for themselves and their children, and who could blame them.
Germany's Chancellor opened her country's doors to these supposed refugees, and without doubt there are many refugees among the million. I simply cannot imagine how Germany could absorb one million refugees without there being trouble, especially when most are young men and many with poor education. At some point, I thought, this will lead to the downfall of Merkel. While I doubt Merkel is loved by the left in Germany, I think she was respected by most as a decent person. The left conveniently forgets its green credentials when it comes to immigration. The Green left is blind to the destruction of our environment by overpopulation. The Australian Greens, of which I was once a member, would have an open door to anyone in dubious circumstances anywhere in the world.
To much red neck applause, our former PM Howard said, we shall decide who comes to Australia, but wasn't he right about that? We need a firm and consistent immigration policy that does not flood the country with people from certain places where strife may be happening. Immigration is good for our country, but it needs to be carefully managed, not a free for all for the latest country in trouble. We take in refugees, as we always have, in an orderly manner, and as we did in the not so distant past offer temporary refuge to people who's country is in turmoil but could return to normality.
Back to Merkel. In my wildest imaginings, I never thought her German open door policy to all would go so wrong so quickly.
Germany was not successful at integrating its cheap Turkish labour into German society, when they were eventually allowed to stay permanently. Why would the country be successful now at integrating people from Syria? My guess is that Merkel wanted mass immigration for new cheap labour and to create economic activity. It is not my business to guess about German economics, but after the awful business in Cologne and other towns, that has grown exponentially since my first post, Merkel's open door refugee policy is a chicken coming home to roost far more quickly than even I thought, and this is just the beginning.