Angela Merkel may just have pushed through rapid deportation rules as well as a ban on refugees but she is not planning on closing Germany’s doors to migrants forever.
Just last week the under-fire German Chancellor placed a ban on the families of as many as three million people who arrived in Germany during the migrant crisis joining their relatives.
The ban, which also applies to women and children and elderly relatives from war torn countries, has been put in place for two years after the country revealed the crisis will cost £37bn this year.Now just days after the Bundestag voted to speed up deportation and mandatory finger printing, it’s emerged they have outlined the country needs 300,000 people a YEAR for the next 40 years to stop population decline.
A leaked report from Mrs Merkel’s government said Germany would need to take in 12m migrants over the next four decades to keep Germany’s population size stable.
But the staggering figures unearthed by the Rheinische Post are only set to infuriate far-right voters who are already reeling after almost 2.2 million migrants flooded into the country in 2015 alone.
According to local reports a new report drafted by the Government has admitted the issue of migrant integration is a thorny subject.
The report on refugee integration states: “According to the experiences this will not be easy and will last longer than initially often hoped.
“Successes will only be visible in the medium to long term.”
Locally, Mrs Merkel’s government is coming under pressure after it was deemed that 345,000 new homes have to be built each year to house those travelling to the country to live.
However the cost of living is rising in Germany with rents apparently becoming unsustainable.
During her award speech, Mrs Merkel said: “Europe is our best assurance to live in peace and security.
“It should be possible for us to revive Europe.
“For today’s generation, the generation would have to invest as much energy as it has invested in post-war generation to build Europe”.
But her acceptance of the award was not welcomed by everyone.
Hans-Ulrich Rülke, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), told newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine: “It is already a lot of ignorance to consider the course of Chancellor Merkel in 2015 as correct.
“With the uncontrolled admission of hundreds of thousands of people from safe third countries, the Federal Government ignored European law and made it difficult to resolve the refugee crisis on a European scale.”