Surprising Revelation: Majority of Germans Reject Merkel's Refugee Policy

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she addresses a news conference after a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she addresses a news conference after a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Until recently, the majority of German have supported the open-door policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But are they still standing behind the country's leader or have their changed their mind after the current migration crisis reached a new scale?

A recent survey commissioned by German newspaper Bild and carried out by INSA revealed that the mood in Germany has changed and that the majority of German residents are currently opposed to Merkel's strategy.

"The figures impressively proved that the atmosphere has actually changed. While originally a relative majority backed up [Merkel's] refugee policy, the attitude has now witnessed the U-turn," INSA representative Hermann Binkert explained, cited by German magazine Focus Online.

A combination picture shows German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel. - Sputnik International
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The poll revealed that 51.9% of respondents are against the current refugee policy, while 17.5% of those who used to support Merkel's policy have recently changed their mind.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lately been repeatedly criticized for her policy of open doors toward refugees, which initially had been supported by many country's residents. However, the increasing influx of migrants to Germany has raised concerns in many German states, with asylum seekers creating a huge burden on local authorities.

For many months, Europe has struggled to find a solution to the massive refugee crisis, with millions of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015. More than 1.1 million entered Germany in 2015 alone.

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