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    Merkel Under Pressure After Migrant Influx

    Merkel Under Pressure After Migrant Influxi
    Henry Ridgwell
    January 29, 2016 9:15 PM
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing mounting political pressure over the number of migrants arriving in her country – with regional authorities demanding that Berlin provide more resources to cope with the crisis. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from the German capital.
    Henry Ridgwell

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing mounting political pressure over the number of migrants arriving in her country — with regional authorities demanding that Berlin provide more resources to cope with the crisis.
    More than 1.1 million migrants are being resettled across Germany. At a meeting Thursday with Chancellor Merkel, the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states demanded a doubling of financial aid and support for housing and schools. Hannelore Kraft is president of the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
    "I and other regional leaders cannot see any great progress against the mountain of asylum applications, which continues to grow," said Kraft. "German citizens are worried, partly because we don’t really know who is here."
    On Thursday, Chancellor Merkel struck a deal with her governing coalition partners that would facilitate deportations and restrict the rights of migrants to bring their families to Germany.
    "The government wants those with the prospect of remaining to be integrated, but those who have no prospect of remaining should return," said Merkel.
    Germany anticipates the migrant influx could cost the state an extra $3.7 billion in extra social benefits during 2016. It’s hoped German language classes will speed the migrants' entry into the labor market and cut the benefits bill.
    It’s uncertain there’ll be enough jobs, says the head of integration for the Berlin regional senate, Andreas Germershausen.
    “There is some capacity that can be absorbed," said Germershausen. "There is also a need for specific fields of the labor market. However, on the lower end of the labor market, there is, of course, the danger of competition."
    German lawmakers fear a second wave of migrants as family members attempt to join those already in Germany. Figures from the United Nations show a sharp increase in the number of women and children arriving on Europe’s shores in 2016.

    Berlin Welfare System Overwhelmed by Numbers Of Migrantsi
    Henry Ridgwell
    January 27, 2016 9:54 PM
    Local volunteers say Berlin’s social welfare system for refugees is being overwhelmed by the numbers of migrants applying for asylum, and they are urging to local authorities to address what they describe as "inhuman" conditions at the central office for registration. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

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    by: lone eagle from: Bangkok, Thailand
    January 31, 2016 8:26 AM
    Merkel's dilemma and the German nation's dilemma is that more Germans are dying than being born. (CIA World Factbook, 2016)

    Germany has a negative population growth, why?

    Why don't German young people marry and have children?

    Even in Thailand the population is barely growing at only 0.35% and with a total fertility rate below the replacement rate at only 1.5 children born/woman.

    One Thai academician advocated taxing single people for not having children.

    In the 2006 film "Children of Men" in the year 2027 the world's youngest person dies at 18. The Clive Owen character "Theo" then becomes the protector of the last pregnant women in the world.

    At least for Germany the "Children of Men" scenario appears to becoming reality if not for immigrant refugees.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 30, 2016 2:17 PM
    I was surprised Merkel was re-elected considering her capitulation in bailing out Greece and others with money Germany will never recover. Now again the consequences of lack of common sense have come back to haunt Germany. How do you agree to let 1.1 million just anybodys into your country? Why is surprising when it turns out some of them are criminals, even the enemy who wants to destroy you? Germany along with France first having violated the Growth and Stability pact in Maastrict and then getting it declared obsolete destroyed the Euro. Now its policies will result in the end of Schengen. The whole idea of the European Union and the way it was created and run was absurd. Could this be the beginning of the end of it?

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