German Spy Chief: Migration Lower But EU Borders Remain Wide Open

Hans-Georg Maassen, a former German spy chief from the Federal Office for the Protection of Constitution, criticized the migration policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union. 

Maasen said that even though the number of asylum seekers or illegal immigrants in Germany had significantly decreased, the gateway for migrants is still as open as wide as it was in 2015:

“But the gates are still open, even if less come in,” Maassen said in an interview with the Hungarian TV channel M1, according to a report by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (DPA) news agency.

Maasen believes more pressure should still be applied to Europe regarding the immigration issue. The former spy chief is of the opinion that more precautionary measures are needed to make sure immigration continues its downward trend. Otherwise, you might see immigration on the rise again.

He pointed out that in 2015, large number of migrants that came to Germany could not be integrated easily and what was more alarming was that there were jihadists and ISIS sympathizers among them.

Another concern that Maasen raised was regarding the current policy which will allow more migrants to come to Germany and Europe next year: 

“And I do not see that any precaution has been taken,” he added.

Maassen declared that the deportation policy of Germany and other European countries, a disaster: 

“We cannot accept all the people in the world.”

For Maasen, political asylum should be exercised with caution. He urged that only the people who have earned the right to asylum, be granted entry and stressed that this will not apply to economic refugees. 

He also warned against the emergence of parallel societies.  Currently, the integration in Germany is not in German but in Arab, Turkish or Salafist society.

Another shortcoming of the migration policy is the worsening social climate in Germany. 

Many citizens who belong to the middleclass have turned to Alternative for Germany (AfD), a right-wing to far-right political party in Germany. This has led to the erosion of confidence in the party system and pushed people away from democracy.

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