“Wir schaffen das”, “we can do this”, is a sentence that Angela Merkel famously said at the Federal Press Conference on August 31, 2015, regarding the refugee crisis and the intake of migrants. The sentence, which she has repeated a few times since, has become the icon of German “Willkommenskultur”, welcoming culture.
A new city, populated by welfare recipients, for Germany each year
by Egri Nök
The German coalition partners agreed to let in “only” 220,000 migrants per year. The following is an original translation of a sarcastic op-ed at Achse des Guten:
Grand Coalition imports welfare city — each year
by Katharina Szabo
January 15, 2018
One of the “killer” obstacles, which has now been cleared out of the way in the exploratory negotiations of the old and new governments, was the question of migration to Germany. The refugee crisis was over, they let it be known today, the government has regained control. A situation like 2015 would not be repeated, SPD and the Union [CDU + CSU] promised.
And they can. The right-wing-populist hellholes Hungary and Austria will, just as in previous years, see to that. At the most, so the reassuring message, from now on no more than 220,000 migrants per year may enter, to forever settle in our social security system.
How did they arrive at this number? Why 220,000 people, one might ask, why exactly this number? “We agree that our society’s capability to integrate should not be overstrained,” the future coalition partners declared concerning the set maximum limit. So this means that our society can integrate this number of migrants each year, without being overstrained. We are a people of roughly 83 million people, so 220,000 more per year should carry no weight. We can do this, can’t we?
Regensburg has about 150,000 inhabitants. Erfurt a bit more than 200,000. Freiburg has got about 230,000 inhabitants. This seems about right.
You can rely on Merkel, Schulz and Seehofer
So, in order to keep up the current status quo regarding internal safety, administration, public transport, housing, education, health care, roads, etc., and to be able to easily integrate 220,000 migrants per year and not only integrate them, but also house them, school them, feed them, and care for them in case of illness, we will only have to do the following:
Each year, we will build a new city, of the size of Freiburg, supply it with housing, hospitals, schools, public transport, police offices, kindergartens, recreational parks, sports areas, social welfare offices and the corresponding staff. We can do this. Our future government will surely have thoroughly thought this through; it can’t be that they made the number up out of thin air.
Some naysayers and xenophobes might feel doubts at this point. A city of the size of Freiburg? Inhabited by welfare recipients? Each year? Is that possible? Of course it is. Merkel, Schulz and Seehofer did the maths. How else would they say that the limit of what is possible was exactly 220,000 new arrivals per year, without any sort of overstraining resulting from it?
To claim that the number of 220,000 came about because this was about the number of people who come anyway, with a little bit of room, and that Merkel, Schulz and Seehofer weren’t doing anything while they pretend they were busy — and to claim that no one had thought through whether it was possible to get a welfare Freiburg straight each year, without having your hut on fire in about ten years — to say so, even to think so, would be just a malicious assumption. Seriously.
PS: If it remains the envisaged 220,000. The European Parliament wants to change the Dublin rule: family reunification is to be prioritized.