Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute, The election outcome, the result of popular discontent with established parties, is the latest in a recent wave of successes for European populists, including in Austria and Germany. The populist ascendancy highlights a shifting political landscape in Europe where runaway multiculturalism and political correctness, combined with a […]
This was shown recently and followed two families with young children who had moved to a town in eastern Germany. This has a population of 90,000 and 2,000 migrants were assigned to live there.
The former East German population is not used to immigrants and the majority has a similar attitude to that of the Visegrad countries. During the programme the Syrian father manages to get a job as an electrician and is given a 3-year visa. His wife and 3 children are flown over to join him, but have to renew their visas every 4 months.
The German family are relatively open to helping asylum seekers but by the end of the first year are both AfD voters. The husband says they are struggling financially and resents the financial resources being given to migrants that are financed by German taxpayers like himself.
I believe the BBC should have focused on a young single Syrian man, as it is young men who constitute the majority of migrants allowed access into Germany. By choosing a family – a much smaller representative percentage of migrants – the programme was appealing to the viewer’s sympathies. The Syrian family, despite already having 3 young children, went ahead and had a baby, which seems to be completely irresponsible given the uncertainty of their circumstances, although it did lead to them being allocated a larger apartment.
So, in my opinion this programme was yet another symbol of the BBC’s subjective bias towards tacitly supporting migration into Europe. The Governing Board need to be called to account so that a much more ‘objective’ perspective can be given on this issue, where both the pro and anti stances are given equal air time and subject matter.
Link (BBC iPlayer required for viewing the programme): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09b6s1x/our-world-welcome-to-germany
Austria is voting in a general election on Sunday 15 October and the frontrunner is Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party. In May he became head of his party and now he is surging ahead in the polls.
According to a BBC report, aged only 31 years old, and currently Austria’s foreign minister, Kurtz is being called the “wunderwuzzi” – the wonder hot-shot. So what is the main reason for his popularity – his party’s hard line against migrants. During the 2015 migrant crisis, Austria took in 90 thousand migrants.
Running close on its heels and with the possibility of forming a coalition is the Freedom Party, led by Karl-Heinz Strache – that according to an article in the Guardian (11.10.2017), ‘has managed to dictate the agenda of a campaign centred largely around immigration and fears of radical Islam, and will receive a last-stretch boost from a “dirty campaigning” row between the traditional centre parties. If it enters government, the Freedom party wants to deny migrants access to welfare payments, introduce Swiss-style referendums and push for Austria to join the Visegrád group of central European states whose borders overlap with the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian empire.’
The article goes on to say,
‘Kurz’s candidacy – which has in itself been quite rightwing – appears to have dented the Freedom party’s fortunes. The foreign minister prides himself on having brought an end to the refugee crisis by closing the Balkan route in 2016 and vows to reform the asylum system so that claimants in the future are processed via “rescue centres” outside the European Union. Promises to fight political Islam feature heavily in Kurz’s manifesto.’
So, all in all, this is a very good sign that Europeans are now expressing their rejection of the EU’s migration policies at the ballot box and this will eventually filter through to Brussels with elected representatives being sent there as representatives of the people’s demands. Should the populist parties achieve the success predicted for them this Sunday, then the push back against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door immigration policies has become that much stronger.