Germans Continue to Lead in the Response to the Migration Crisis
As reported by The Washington Post, Germans, “to a far greater extent than the British, the French or others, have opened their hearts — and wallets. According to a poll commissioned by the German public broadcaster ARD and released on Thursday, 88 percent said they would donate money or clothes to refugees or have already done so, while 67 percent said they would volunteer to help. Only 33 percent of those asked said Germany should take less refugees, compared with 37 percent who said they could take in as many as there are now, and 22 percent who said Germany should take more.”
Much of this is driven by the stance taken by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who continues to welcome refugees and migrants into the country, while also calling on her European counterparts to open their doors and wallets. In a recent interview with Berliner Morgenpost (in German), Merkel insists that European immigration policies aren’t working, and a new EU-wide plan is needed.