We Will (Not) Succeed! The Helplessness of German and European Refugee Policy (the end)

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2016-60-10-83-90

E. Jahn, Institut für Politikwissenschaft Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 6, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz, 60323, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland; University of Mannheim, Schloss, 68131, Mannheim, Deutschland (e.jahn@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Abstract. When the mass flight of refugees to Germany via the Balkans began, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed on August 31, 2015: “We will succeed!” This statement was understood worldwide as an invitation to hundreds thousands of refugees from Syria and other countries to come to Germany. As a result of such "welcome policy", almost everywhere in Europe, radical mass scale rejection of any acceptance of refugees among right-wing nationalist groups and within the EU in general rapidly gained support and expressed itself in acts of violence against refugee homes and refugees themselves. This, along with growing difficulties in their accommodation, feeding and providing with clothes, also motivated the established parties to seek ways to limit the sudden mass influx of people. These included tackling the reasons for refugees fleeing their country as well as support for the war against the Islamic State, the stabilization of Afghanistan, larger-scale financial backing for refugee camps in Southern Turkey, Northern Jordan and Lebanon, the establishment of reception camps in Greece and Italy for the purpose of registering and distributing refugees in accordance with an allocation quota for the EU which was to be jointly agreed. However, far more fundamental questions regarding the future European refugee policy and the EU ethno-religious structure should be considered. Several recommendations are presented here for discussion.

Keywords: refugees, Syria, Islamic State, Germany, Europe, EU, Turkey, refugee policy, refugee camps, allocation quota, ethno-religious structure 


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Jahn E. We Will (Not) Succeed! The Helplessness of German and European Refugee Policy (the end). World Eonomy and International Relations, 2016, vol. 60, no. 10, pp. 83-90. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2016-60-10-83-90

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