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

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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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