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Chancellor Angela Merkel issues positive verdict on Germany’s migrant influx, praising the nation for managing the crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reflected on Germany’s handling of the migrant crisis between 2015 and 2016, stating that “We managed it”.

Germany lead the way throughout the crisis, welcoming over one million asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere. She insisted that the nation would manage the crisis and received resistance that originated from both Germany and other EU partners.

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During an interview with Deutsche Welle, Merkel said that the most personally challenging crises were the Covid-19 pandemic and “the large number of refugees who arrived, which I don’t like to describe as a crisis, people are people”.

Mixed attitudes towards asylum seekers came to the surface following a number of incidents in Germany which included a mass sexual assault incident in Cologne on New Year’s Eve in 2016, where women reported being groped and robbed predominantly by groups of migrants.

Acknowledging this incident, Merkel stated, “We did of course see that not everything went ideally, and there are serious incidents — if I think of the New Year’s night in Cologne, which perhaps has stuck in people’s minds”.

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Merkel said on the whole, “we have wonderful examples of successful human development” while pointing to migrants who finished high school in Germany.

However, Merkel added that the overall picture of migration remains problematic as the issues which cause people to flee their countries in the first place have not been resolved.

She also stated that a single migration and asylum system have not been established by the European Union.

Merkel is expected to leave office in the coming weeks after serving 16 years in power.

IMAGE – “Digitising Europe 2019 keynote Angela Me” (Public Domain) by kroomp

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