Rarely has a national policy ever gone this badly wrong.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel won international love from liberals, and even got herself named Time magazine’s person of the year in 2015, for her open-arms policy toward Middle Eastern and North African immigrants, but now the German public is paying for it.
Merkel is setting aside the euro equivalent of about $150 million in taxpayer money to establish a fund that will pay migrants to withdraw their applications for asylum and leave the country voluntarily, according to the U.K. Daily Express.
The plan, “Perspective of Home,” will target immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, who have little chance of being granted asylum and have all shown an interest in returning home, the paper reported.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said choosing a voluntary departure represented a better way to leave the country than deportation, according to The U.K. Independent.
The program was launched in an attempt to reduce a backlog of some 400,000 asylum applications created when hundreds of thousands of refugees flooded Germany in 2015. Just over 1 million immigrants have entered the country in the past year, according to The Express.
The Express reported that a survey conducted by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen found 58 percent of Germans see immigrants and assimilation as some of the most important problems the country faces.
That’s understandable considering the rash of attacks migrants have carried out against Germans in general, but women in particular.
This move must be embarrassing for Merkel, but it would appear that she is finally coming around to the fact that immigrants are literally destroying Germany, and something but be done before things get even more out of hand.
If offering those who have very little chance of staying in the country money to leave seems extreme, it is — and it indicates just how much things in Germany have deteriorated.
To admit failure isn’t something liberals do very well, but it’s safe to assume that this program is one way that Germany is attempting to correct the mistake of allowing millions of unvetted migrants into their country.