Germans are increasingly sceptical of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mass migration policy which has seen over one million people arrive in Europe this year.
Mrs. Merkel’s motivations have always been rather clear. While she’s hardly a proponent of “multiculturalism”, her country’s labour force is waning, and her corporate cronies have piled pressure on her to import new, cheap, migrant labour.
But the German public is more sceptical about the economic benefits of such a huge migrant wave into their nation, with just 16 per cent of those polled telling the Ipsos polling Institute in Hamburg that they believe “the wave of refugees will bring us more economic opportunities than problems”.
The survey also revealed that a majority of 56 per cent believe Germany is not up to the challenge of dealing with the migrant influx. Only 20 per cent of people believe that Germany’s standing in the world will be improved by the policy too.
Futurologist Horst Opaschowski, who commissioned the poll, has argued that Germany needs a “Code of Conduct” to teach the new migrants how to live.
Mr. Opaschowski cited successful, yet strict American rules within corporate environments. He said: “you need in the future Code of Conduct… The mission statement of the coming months must be actually: good together”.
The migrant crisis, as well as overtaxation in Germany, has brought about the “first time in years” that Germans are more pessimistic than optimistic about their futures.
The Deutsche Welle newspaper reports that these new findings echo another survey released last week which showed that 50 percent of Germans were looking at the coming year “with great scepticism and mixed feelings”. Only 27 percent had said this ahead of 2015.
Only 18 percent said that they viewed 2016 “with great confidence and optimism” compared to 45 percent less than one year ago.
“The mood’s tipping. The German angst is coming back,” Mr. Opaschowski concluded.