- Critics say that the bill, as it currently stands, would not only create a legal backdoor for polygamous migrants to become German citizens, but would effectively legalize the practice for Muslim immigrants. The changes would, consequently, enshrine into German law two parallel legal systems, one based on German Civil Law and another based on Islamic Sharia law.
- In May 2013, RTL, one of Germany’s leading media companies, aired a documentary about how Muslims in Germany use polygamy to commit welfare fraud. Muslim men residing in Germany routinely bring two, three or four women from across the Muslim world to Germany, and then marry them in the presence of a Muslim cleric. Once in Germany, the women request social welfare benefits, including the cost of a separate home for themselves and for their children, on the claim of being a “single parent with children.”
- “The acquisition of German citizenship is more than just a formality, but also expresses the recognition of a system of values. Polygamy is a form of marriage that disregards the rights of women and is incompatible with this order of values. Therefore, there is a need for legislative action here.” — Secretary General of the Free Democratic Party, Linda Teuteberg.
- “If people who are arriving here are married to several women according to foreign laws, we currently have to recognize these marriages. This is an unacceptable contradiction. We cannot just accept polygamy because another legal system allows this. We do not want to accept harems in Germany.” — Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback.
Unlike Mrs Merkel, Germany’s older citizens have to put up with the new influx of migrants in their everyday lives and, for many, this is becoming a disheartening experience. This one old lady is very frank in her views and feelings on Merkel’s decision to flood her country with immigrants. As she says, it should come to no surprise to the German Chancellor that older citizens opted to vote for the AfD.
- Every German knows that hardly any asylum seekers whose applications are rejected are forced to leave Germany. But if their application is rejected and they do decide to return to their home country, they are rewarded with an allowance of between €1000 ($1,200) and €3000 ($3,600).
- This information campaign, however, must have been carefully hidden from the German public — no major newspaper reported it at the time.
- “The only authentic and honest thing about this movie were the closing credits….” — Henryk Broder, columnist, Die Welt.
Soeren Kern, the Gatestone Institute, November 29, 2017
- “The police cannot win a war with the Lebanese because we outnumber them…. This applies to all of Gelsenkirchen, if we so choose.” — Lebanese clan in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
- Observers surmised that the real reason for the judge’s leniency was that he feared his family might be subjected to retribution from the clan.
- Freddi Lohse, the Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, said that many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior: “They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries. They have no respect for us.”
Euronews, November 28 2017
Stefan Frank, the Gatestone Institute, November 18, 2017
- “While outside the mosque there is constant talk of integration, the opposite is preached inside. Only in rare instances are parts of the sermon — or even more rarely, all of the sermon — translated into German… [fostering] social integration into an internal ethnic environment, and thus ethnic segmentation.” — Constantin Schreiber, author of Inside Islam: What Is Being Preached in Germany’s Mosques.
- “Politicians who repeatedly emphasize their intention of cooperating with the mosques, who invite them to conferences on Islam, have no idea who is preaching what there.” — Necla Kelek, human rights activist and critic of Islam, human rights activist, in the Allgemeine Zeitung.
In the debate on migrants in Germany and Austria, no other term is used more often than “integration.” But the institution that is most important for many Muslim migrants does not generally contribute much to this effort — and often actively fights it: the mosque. That is the finding of an official Austrian study as well as private research conducted by a German journalist.
In late September, the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF), a department of the foreign ministry published a study, “The role of the mosque in the integration process”. For the purposes of the study, employees of the ÖIF visited 16 mosques in Vienna, attended several Friday sermons and spoke with the individual imams — that is, if the imams were willing to have a conversation, which was often not the case. The result of this, according to the ÖIF, is that only two of the mosque associations foster the integration of their members. The report applauds a Bosnian mosque association that also runs a soccer club. During the discussion, its imam said: “Every country, as with Austria, has its rules and laws and — something I always stress — it is our religious duty to comply with these standards and to integrate accordingly.”
This blog was prompted by the on-going negotiations between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Green Party. Although I am a strong supporter of environmental initiatives, particularly those on climate change, I do not want to see Green Parties in government now owing to their pro-immigration stance. Here is an extract from a DW article on the Green Party’s policies:
Upper limit for asylum seekers: The Green Party is opposed to an upper limit for refugees, saying that it endorses “an unlimited preservation of the individual fundamental and human right.”
Family reunifications: The Greens want to resume family reunifications for those with subsidiary protection immediately.
Deportations: Greens believe that the past two years have seen an “inhumane tightening of asylum laws.” In their party program, they state that they want to focus on increasing voluntary returns. They believe Afghanistan is not safe enough to deport rejected asylum seekers to Kabul.
Immigration law: Like the SPD, the Greens want to introduce a point-based immigration law, similar to the Canadian immigration policy.
The Greens want the children of legal migrants or refugees born in Germany to automatically be granted citizenship. They also want those whose asylum in Germany has run out to be able to shift their status from “refugee” to “migrant” without having to leave the country and file for a visa if they would qualify for a visa under the point system, as does the FDP.
Now, compare this to Alternative for Germany (AfD) that was resurgent in this year’s general election:
Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Upper limit for asylum seekers: The AfD wants to go beyond an annual upper limit on asylum seekers. It wants a “zero immigration” policy — a cap on all immigration unless deportations of rejected asylum seekers result in a net immigration of zero or lower. They also want to close the German border to stop what they view as “unregulated mass migration.”
Family reunifications: The AfD is against all types of family reunification, regardless of protection status.
Deportations: The AfD seeks to radically increase the number of deportations of rejected asylum seekers, as well as reform the current asylum law laid out in the German constitution to ensure a smaller number of people are granted asylum.
Immigration law: “That [the state itself] can determine quality and quantity of migration to be key characteristics of state sovereignty,” is one of the few statements the AfD makes on how legal migration could be regulated in its party program, focusing largely on what it perceives are faults in the current migration system. Many AfD members view migrants from Muslim-majority countries and Africa in particular as a potential threat to the security or stability of Germany.
While searching the Internet on this issue, I came across this Politico article that completely amazed me:
‘Germans should learn Arabic, says Green MP’
He said that Germans who feel insecure in their neighborhood should learn Arabic or Turkish to fit in, and also said Germans shouldn’t worry about migrants speaking their own language.
Volker Beck, the Green party’s spokesman on migration issues, told the broadcaster n-tv on Friday that Germans shouldn’t be worried about neighborhoods where people speak different languages. “Other countries are more relaxed about the fact that in some areas a community with a migration background speaks another language,” Beck said, citing Mexican and Chinese communities in the U.S.
The situation is also similar in Sweden where the Green Party is also in the government. Currently there is a disagreement between the Social Democrats and the Green Party. The Local newspaper in Sweden reports that the Social Democrats want to expel Afghan refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected, whereas the Green Party want to offer them an amnesty:
Hundreds of young refugees watched from the gallery as a debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday over the situation for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden. It follows a sit-down protest by young asylum seekers in Stockholm that started in August, where demonstrators argue that deportations to Afghanistan should be stopped because the country is not safe.
Among the speakers at the debate were Migration Minister Heléne Fritzon, who dismissed calls for an amnesty.
“Those who have an asylum application rejected must of course leave,” she said, insisting that Sweden has one of the most legally sound asylum systems and offers strong rights for asylum seekers.
The Green Party’s migration spokesperson Maria Ferm argued however that a legal solution should be found so that the young Afghans who came as unaccompanied asylum seekers in 2015 can stay:
“Afghanistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries, and there are very few opportunities to start any kind of normal life for those who return there without a network”.
The Swedish Migration Agency’s official stance on Afghanistan is that safety varies between the country’s different provinces and that “it is still possible to return to several areas”.
Now, as a result of their pro-migration stance, the Swedish Green Party are facing an exit from parliament in the upcoming 2018 general election, according to a Reuters report:
Sweden’s Greens, the junior party in the ruling coalition, would not get into parliament if a vote were held now, a poll showed on Friday, underlining the fragile position of the minority government led by the centre-left Social Democrats.
The Green Party got 3.2 percent in the poll by Inizio for daily Aftonbladet, below the 4 percent threshold needed for seats in parliament and well down on the 6.9 percent they scored in the 2014 general election.
The centre-left coalition has struggled since taking power in 2014 as a result of surging support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament.
So, as long as the Greens continue this pro-migration stance that will not extend their political support beyond their core supporters. Many voters like myself are strongly pro-environment but anti-immigration and this a dichotomy Green politicians will need to resolve.