Germany’s Refugee Policy Tested by New Arrivals

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR, September 16, 2013

As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Germany this month after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government agreed to a U.N. request to host them. But they aren’t receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asylum seekers. Fanning the flames are right wing extremists, who want Germany to close its doors to refugees.

Among their targets is Hellersdorf, a working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Berlin. The city government has placed refugees from war-torn countries in an abandoned high school there—a move that had led to multiple demonstrations, both for and against the refugees.

Many Hellersdorf residents say they opposed the protests, which were largely staged by out-of-towners, but they aren’t happy their community is forced to host refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, either. The blue-collar neighborhood filled with Soviet-era apartment blocks lacks the ethnic diversity seen in much of Berlin. It is also short on services and schools. City planners who spent billions of dollars renovating other parts of the German capital have largely ignored this community.

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“We don’t know these people; they come from another country,” says 25-year-old resident Enrico Kieser. “I wasn’t worried so much about them raising the crime rate, but large numbers of them moving in could cause problems.”

Another 22-year-old resident who would only give her first name, Nikke, says she feels less safe walking around her neighborhood with the refugees here, and accuses the male refugees of harassing women.

“I’ve had to walk around at night carrying a truncheon, and that’s not right,” she says.

German groups like the National Democratic Party, or NPD, are playing on such paranoia, especially during Germany’s national election season. It has hung campaign posters in Hellersdorf featuring a photo of a blond woman next to another woman whose face is covered with a black veil. The slogan reads: “Maria, not Sharia,” referring to Islamic law. Most of the refugees at the center are Muslim.

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  • borogirl54

    Why don’t other Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Indonesia and Malaysia accept Muslim refugees instead of sending them to countries where Muslims are not wanted?

    • Diversity Awareness Brigade

      You know the answer. Muzzies are conquerors; we surrendered on 9/11.

      • joesolargenius

        We never surrendered it’s just that sports is more important than our country being systematically attacked and taken over.

        • Ella

          Rome also had their share of sport arenas as they slowly declined. Too many Americans escape their lives in comfort foods and sports fanaticism. Otherwise, they’re depressed.

          • NorthSea

            Did the Romans have shopping, though. No one can compete with us, there.

          • Ella

            Having kids, I’m sick of shopping and tired of buying necessities -not 100’s of toys or DVD’s. I try to spend quality time with my children. Romans bought perfumes, produce, and other goods at open markets with their metal coins. Perfumes and jewels were also bought and traded much like today.

      • IstvanIN

        George II and his government surrendered, we have been in a daze.

    • joesolargenius

      Because they want the refugees to go on the social welfare roles of European countries instead of theirs and plus some of that money is coming back to them.

  • Spartacus

    I have only 1 thing to say to the imbeciles who think bringing in dark-skins in their country is a good idea :

    “DIE PARTEI IST HITLER ! HITLER ABER IST DEUTSCHLAND WIE DEUTSCHLAND HITLER IST ! HITLER, SIEG HEIL ! SIEG HEIL ! SIEG HEIL ! ”

    -Joseph Goebbels, 1934

    • Puggg

      Ironically, Hitler pandered to Islam.

      • joesolargenius

        Hitler reputedly received large loans from Jewish ran banks in America and also used the Catholic churches to help ease his way into France , plus where did the Nazis run to after the war ended but to majority Catholic countries in South America. I have met many blonde haired blue eye Paraguayans in my travels whom act more like a Fraulein than a Senora .I don’t believe any multi country war can ever be waged without the permission of the true power brokers which is the Banks and Churches.

        • Sick of it

          The NSDAP received from money from General Electric as well.

          • joesolargenius

            Your statement that General Electric gave money to the Nazis is believable as they definitely benefit from wars.

          • Sick of it

            If I didn’t have to dig through mountains of books to find it, I’d post a scan of a picture of one of the checks.

          • Spartacus

            There’s a good book on the subject called “Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler”, written by Antony C. Sutton .

        • Romulus

          A germanic changing their address does not change their origin. They are still Germans.

      • Spartacus

        Yes he did… But he never let a single one of them set foot in Germany.

      • John Ulfsson

        He didn’t say ‘hey come on in and make your homes in Germany’, did he?

    • Romulus

      If I ever get to visit Romania, im going to by you a bottle and offer a toast!

      • jeffaral

        If you ever go to Romania, beware of the picpockets and thieves.

      • Spartacus

        Then I’ll buy a dozen more and teach you how to drink like a Romanian 😉

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    “Resisting change is hate.”

    -all the important people say it, so it’s true; disagreeing is a hate crime

  • bigone4u

    Better Germany than my neighborhood. But instead of Germany, why not send them to Israel, that great land whose honorable people preach to us about the joys of diversity.

  • RisingReich

    “Maria NOT Sharia!” – I’ll be using that.

    “Far right extremists” – read ‘normal Germans who haven’t caved to the multi-cult’

    • Spartacus

      Say it out loud – FASCIST AND PROUD !

      • RisingReich

        Just be careful where you say that. TONS of misinformation and darn right LIES about what Fascism really is.

        • Spartacus

          Don’t worry, I know what Fascism’s really all about.

  • Truthseeker

    If they feel uncomfortable with Muslims moving in, it’s only because they’ve been paying attention.

  • IstvanIN

    Germany first needs to toss out all American, British and French occupational forces out and then toss the muzzies out.

  • Sick of it

    “Nikke, says she feels less safe walking around her neighborhood with the
    refugees here, and accuses the male refugees of harassing women.”

    Told you most of the Syrian refugees accepted in Europe would be muslim. And we know how well that has worked out both in Europe and America (Somalis anyone?).

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Wait a minute. I thought it was Syrian Christians who needed refuge.

      • NorthSea

        That’s just silly. We’re allies with the jihadis.

      • Sick of it

        I knew they would prioritize muslim asylum seekers, such as Kurds, over Syrian Christians. They’re probably allowing some of the rebels to enter the country as well. That’s how this game is played.

  • John Ulfsson

    Why don’t they ever go to South America or Asian countries for ‘asylum’? How come they get to go HDI-shopping for white countries?

    • Sick of it

      Because we let them stay. Because we give them benefits. Because we allow them to abuse our women without interference. Because we allow them to intimidate and murder our boys without interference. If we engaged in normal human behavior toward violent thugs like them, they would not seek asylum in our countries.

  • NorthSea

    Sweden has already officially surrendered.

  • Hans Schneider

    all muslim refugees should be accepted by rich muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia , Quatar, Kuweit, UAE etc.

  • Sick of it

    Just following the program. If one does not agree to teaching the program to their children, one may lose their children in modern Germany. All hail the glorious State!