Merkel's Open Arms Approach to Refugees 'Sending the Wrong Signal'

© AP Photo / Jens MeyerRefugees and migrants arrive in their accommodation, the exhibition halls of the Trade Fair Messe Erfurt, in Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The city of Erfurt expect up to 600 migrants to arrive within some hours.
Refugees and migrants arrive in their accommodation, the exhibition halls of the Trade Fair Messe Erfurt, in Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The city of Erfurt expect up to 600 migrants to arrive within some hours. - Sputnik International
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Despite being praised for the country’s humanitarian efforts, it seems not everyone is happy with Germany's approach to the refugee crisis, with critics accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of sending the wrong message by accepting large amounts of people from the Middle East.

Merkel has been coming under attack from some in her own ruling coalition after announcing that Germany would waive EU rules, requiring refugees to register their asylum application in the country in which they first entered the bloc.

The move has triggered a recent increase in people arriving from Syria and other war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with Germany expected to accept more than 800,000 refugees this year.

© AP Photo / Jens MeyerProtesters demonstrate with a banner 'Refugees welcome!' in Dresden, eastern Germany, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. A refugee shelter was attacked by far-right protesters in Heidenau near Dresden over the last weekend.
Merkel's Open Arms Approach to Refugees 'Sending the Wrong Signal' - Sputnik International
Protesters demonstrate with a banner 'Refugees welcome!' in Dresden, eastern Germany, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. A refugee shelter was attacked by far-right protesters in Heidenau near Dresden over the last weekend.

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel indicated Germany was likely to continue accepting large numbers of people, telling German media that the country "could easily cope with a figure of half a million over the coming years."

Aid agencies and activists have praised Merkel's approach, pushing for more countries to accept refugees and help ease the humanitarian strain on Germany.

'No Society' Can Cope With Those Numbers

However, this approach has proven to be unpopular with some within Merkel's own ruling coalition.

© AP Photo / Jens MeyerHorst Seehofer, the leader of the right wing Bavarian Christian Social Union said that "no society" could cope with such prolonged increases in migrants influxes, saying Merkel had "sent completely the wrong signal" to the world.
Merkel's Open Arms Approach to Refugees 'Sending the Wrong Signal' - Sputnik International
Horst Seehofer, the leader of the right wing Bavarian Christian Social Union said that "no society" could cope with such prolonged increases in migrants influxes, saying Merkel had "sent completely the wrong signal" to the world.

These views were shared by many of Germany's federal states, with officials arguing that the $6.7 billion (€6bn) put aside by Berlin to help fund the crisis was not enough, with some states arguing that $11.2 billion (€10bn) will be needed to address the immediate crisis.

Others, including British Prime Minister David Cameron have warned against allowing mass numbers of refugees into Europe, arguing that such an action would only encourage more people to make the dangerous voyage to Europe and wouldn't help in solving the root of the crisis. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a debate at the German parliament prior to a vote on another bailout package for Greece, in the German Bundestag in Berlin - Sputnik International
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While the German public have been praised for their warm welcoming of refugees who arrived in the country, foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned the general public's acceptance of refugees could shift as local authorities struggle to find the resources to house people arriving in the country.

With tens of thousands of people arriving in Munich over the past couple of weeks, a large amount of the city's emergency accommodation has been filled, while there have been well documented instances of anti-immigrant violence in other parts of Germany, with some Germans unhappy with the country's refugee approach.

Concerns Over Terrorists Entering Europe

There are also major concerns among EU states that many of the people traveling from the Middle East to Europe aren't genuine refugees, amid suggestions jihadists and members of groups such as ISIL could be disguised among the influx of people.

Media in Hungary — whose politicians have been vehemently against accepting large numbers of refugees — reported that authorities uncovered two ISIL militants who were posing as refugees.

The report in Hungary's M1 television claimed that the men were identified through social media pictures that had allegedly shown them to be supporters of terrorist groups.

"Islamist terrorists, disguised as refugees, have showed up in Europe. [The] pictures were uploaded on various social networks to show that terrorists are now present in most European cities. Many, who are now illegal immigrants, fought alongside Islamic State before," the report said.

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