Has it ever occurred to Thomas de Maizière that importing huge numbers of people who have no intention of working, but are there just to go on welfare, is madness? We have been told again and again that the migrants are coming to Europe to serve as a work force for an aging population. But the migrants aren’t working. They’re just serving as a new burden upon that aging population. This is not a sustainable situation.
“Migrants Prefer Germany Because Its Benefits ‘Are Quite High,’ Says Gov’t Minister,” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, September 9, 2017:
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has said that his country’s generous welfare benefits act like a magnet for migrants, and called for a unification of standards throughout the European Union (EU) to better distribute new arrivals.
Since Germany offers migrants and refugees much more than other EU member states, it has become an attractive target for human smugglers, de Maizière said.
De Maizière told the Rheinische Post newspaper Saturday that Germany is the destination of choice for many migrants because in comparison with other European countries, its “procedures and reception conditions are generous” and “the benefits for refugees are quite high.”
“That’s part of the pull-factor to Germany,” he said….
When the minister released the figure of 800,000 migrants in August 2015, this sent a “signal” to prospective migrants and traffickers that Germany was willing to take in that many and this, in turn, acted as a “driver” of migration, he added.
De Maizière suggested that Hungary’s announcement that it would be building a border fence had the opposite deterrent effect, since migrants understood that Hungary would no longer be a viable alternative.
At the same time, regarding Hungary’s resistance to forcible relocation of migrants on its soil, de Maizière said it is intolerable “that an EU Member State does not comply with a judgment of the European Court of Justice.”
Another procedural area requiring greater uniformity in the EU is the legal question, de Maizière said. “With us, rejected asylum seekers can postpone their deportation through various legal avenues, much more than elsewhere,” he noted.
“Asylum processes and asylum-seeker benefits need to be more uniform in the EU than before. The acceptance rates are in some cases higher here than in other places and the social benefit level as well,” he said….
“We must reduce the number of refugees as a whole,” he said.