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    Germany Split Over Chancellor's Migrant Policy - Right-Wing AfD Party

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    There is a certain split among the Germans over Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy on migration, the deputy chairman of the German national conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) party told Sputnik on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The current migration policy results in a number of problems, in particular, enormous economic burden, the change of population structure and cultural feedback. In turn, the cultural difference also results in poor integration, Gauland said.

    "There is a public split between those who believe the federal chancellor's policy to let in millions of people into the country is erroneous, and those who support this policy and believe that we can cope with the current problems without difficulty," Alexander Gauland said.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people leaving conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty and seeking asylum in Europe. In 2015, more than one million migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Germany.

    AfD was founded in February 2013 to protest against Germany’s handling of the Eurozone crisis, in particular, the decision to bail out Greece, but later on, following the migrant crisis in Europe, the party focused more on providing harsh opposition to Merkel's liberal refugee policy and became well-known for its anti-Islam stance.

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