More German politicians, even in the left’s Green Party, have been raising the alarm about the terrific cost of economic migrants – almost all of whom are Muslims — to the German economy.
More on this can be found in this article from late February that retains its relevance: “Some Green Party politicians demand change in Germany’s ‘failed’ migration policy,” Handelsblatt, February 24, 2023:
As Germany’s population continues to set new record highs and migrants are set to cost taxpayers over €36 billion in 2023, there are those warning that severe social consequences could ensue.
Tübingen Mayor Boris Palmer, of the Green party, is one of those voices, and in many ways, due to his popularity and party affiliation, his voice carries more weight than others.
Palmer is not only immensely popular, but is in the Green Party, a certified member of the Left. So when he starts to complain about the cost of migrants, he can’t be dismissed, the way so many of migration’s critics have been, especially members of the Alternativ fur Deutschland, as on the “far-right.”
Palmer told Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung this week that “if we use all of society’s resources for the new arrivals, but there is nothing left for the local people, then this society will explode.”
He continued by saying that due to the mass influx of migrants, Germany’s social system will eventually be exhausted.
The costs of immigration to the taxpayer are certainly enormous, with tens of billions being spent per year to provide housing, food, and integration services to Germany’s burgeoning foreign-born population. New stories, such as this week’s report that Hamburg is spending €14 million on hotel rooms alone every month to house migrants, have become routine in the country. That number is merely a drop in the pond. Data from the Finance Ministry released earlier this month indicated that Germany is set to spend €26.65 billion on migrants alone this year. However, this figure does not even present the full picture, as that is only money spent at the federal level. States and local municipalities are also predicted to spend over €10 billion, bringing the total to at least €36 billion in 2023 alone.
Thirty-six billion dollars annually is now being spent on migrants, at the federal, state, and local levels. Such a huge expenditure is not sustainable, especially since the German government has since last year been spending tens of billions on defense because of the Ukraine War — unless the government is willing to decrease the financial benefits that would normally be available to the poor and those on social security.
However, the issue of mass immigration affects everything and comes with many costs that are not entirely easy to calculate, from overcrowded and chaotic schools to soaring housing prices.
There are many costs – beyond the benefits they receive from the generous welfare state — associated with Muslim migrants that are hard to quantify. How do we put a price on the general public’s loss of a sense of security? With the steep rise in every kind of crime by these Muslim migrants, what is the price we assign to the higher incidence of street robberies, house burglaries, muggings and assaults without any property being taken, cars set on fire, rapes, and murders? These greatly increase the general level of anxiety, and reduce the wellbeing of society , even if we cannot assign a dollar amount to any of it.
Then there are the calculable costs to the state that rise pari passu with the increase in the rates of criminality. The state must then pay for more police, more detectives, more prosecutors, more court-appointed lawyers, more judges, more prison guards, and more prisons. These expenditures are on top of the cost of benefits provided to Muslim migrants – the free or greatly subsidized housing, the free medical care, free education, family allowances, and unemployment benefits — by the federal, state, and local governments in Germany.
Now some on the left, like the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, have publicly expressed their alarm at the financial drain these migrants cause. He does not specify that they are Muslims, but his audience will certainly understand whom he is talking about. They know from what countries these economic migrants are coming from, know — for example — that in 2015, 80% of the migrants to Germany came from one Muslim country, Syria. The Germans know how many Muslim migrants get jobs or remain unemployed and, too, can compare those numbers with those for non-Muslim migrants. The comparisons are startling. But Palmer doesn’t at this point, dare to make those comparisons public, for he is still too leery of being charged as “a racist” and “Islamophobe” to tell the full truth. But he’s getting there. And so are others, in the mainstream or, like Palmer, on the political left.
Palmer said that given the high number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany every year, it is important to ask what that means for the country. He points to a mix of newcomers who have a poor integration record and high demands on Germany’s social welfare system.
“Then, we’ll have few new workers and a lot of welfare recipients,” Palmer warned….
Palmer said he sees “no solution” for the crisis. The Green party mayor has long been a critic of Germany’s migration policy, but proposals like mass deportations and tightening of citizenship laws would potentially put a dent in his image. For now, he seems content to snipe at the migration crisis from afar, offering vague warnings with no concrete proposals.
Palmer is right: there is no magic “solution” to the Muslim migrant crisis. But there are many things Germany could do to ameliorate the situation. It must never again “welcome” one million immigrants, as former Chancellor Merkel so foolishly did in 2015. No more prating about how “diversity is our strength.” Germans most stop thinking that because Germams not so long ago murdered six million Jews that they ought, therefore, to uncomplainingly allow Muslims to settle in their midst — the very people who today are the chief carriers, and disseminators, of the virus of antisemitism.
First, Germany can end its policy of admitting people from countries deemed likely to be breeders of terrorists, which is to say, end the immigration of people from Muslim lands. Given its history, Germany has a historic responsibility to make sure Jews in the country are safe, and that means decreasing the antisemitic presence, and menace, of Muslims in German.
Second, the German government at the same time can in many ways make the conduct of Muslim life in Germany more difficult. Ban the electronically amplified Call to Prayer as a public nuisance. The faithful can be reminded of the Call to Prayer by their iPhones; a muezzin’s wail is no longer necessary. Make it harder to open new mosques, by the use of zoning laws, including requiring mosques to provide parking spaces for all of their visitors, based on the numbers of worshippers who arrive for Friday prayers and the khutba, so as to avoid the traffic congestion often caused by visitors to mosques in residential areas. Do not allow foreign money to be spent on German mosques; they must be supported only by their own worshippers. Require imams to receive their training in Germany, and have German officials oversee that training for signs of extremism in the teaching staff and the teaching materials.. Sermons delivered in German mosques should be videotaped, so that they can then be studied for signs of intolerance. Proscribe the sale of halal meat because the slitting of the throat of an animal that has not first been stunned, and the slow bleeding out of that animal, constitute cruelty to animals. Prohibit the wearing of the veil in public buildings, including all government offices and public high schools and universities, so as not to be seen to endorse a practice that many think is linked to Islamic misogyny. Refuse the Muslim demand that would restrict public pools to certain hours for “women only.” Do not allow Muslim prayer rooms in public schools, or in other public spaces, which could be interpreted as a government endorsement of a particular religion.
So far, 2023 shows little sign that the migrant crisis is abating. In fact, 80,000 asylum applications were received in Germany in the first quarter of the year, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, which amounts to an 80 percent increase compared to last year.
An increase, from one year to the next, of 80% in the number of “asylum” applications filed in Germany, shows that the “migrant crisis” is in full swing. At current rates, 320,000 migrants will apply for “asylum” status in 2023. In addition, there are large numbers of illegal migrants, perhaps as many as 100,000. Elderly Germans have been turned out of their government-subsidized homes so as to accommodate these foreign migrants.
The left-wing coalition currently ruling Germany is looking to pass sweeping immigration reform rules that would lead to nearly 2 million migrants becoming naturalized German citizens, relax citizenship tests, and allow citizenship to be obtained after five years of residing in Germany instead of the current seven.
This is madness. Germany, like the rest of Europe, ought not to be making it easier for economic migrants to become citizens. For example, the time when citizenship can be applied for should not be decreased; the current seven-year rule should remain. And during those seven years, the applicant ought to have been self-supporting, rather than relying on government largesse, in at least five of those years, in order to qualify for citizenship. The qualifying tests for citizenship, too, ought to become much more difficult, focusing on a good knowledge of German, and a detailed knowledge of German and European history, the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), and the Holocaust. Muslims will greatly dislike having to learn about all these subjects, and will bristle, especially at that last requirement, having to answer questions about something that they prefer to minimize or deny, but they shall just have to endure it.
There ought, as well, be measures in place – both carrots and sticks — that will encourage re-migration by Muslims back to their home countries. The carrot might be a payment of several thousand euros to any Muslim who chooses to return home, on condition that he not try to return. Half of that amount could be given when he leaves Europe, and the remainder after he has been in his home country for three years. The stick could be an end to all government support beyond a fixed term – say, two years — after which those economic migrants, mostly Muslims, will be deprived of government-supplied benefits and be left, essentially, on their own. And at that point, lacking skills for any jobs beyond the most menial, many of those Muslim economic migrants will choose to return home rather than endure life at the bottom rung of the economic ladder, in a country maddeningly run by those who, as Infidels, are “the most vile of created beings.”
Algorithmic Analyst says
Thanks, excellent article.
There is a magic solution, take away their citizenship, residency rights, etc. Then if they come into contact with law enforcement they can be deported immediately.
Conntrast and compare then:
1 There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.
2. All ballots will be in this nation’s language.
3. All government business will only be conducted in our language.
4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.
5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office.
6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or any other government assistance programmes.
ANY BURDEN WILL BE DEPORTED.
7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
8. If foreigners come here and buy land… Options will be restricted. Certain parcels including water front property are reserved only for citizens naturally born in this country.
9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no criticising our prime minister or his policies.
Such actions will lead to imprisonment and subsequent deportation.
10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted & when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.
The above laws are the current immigration laws in Muslim countries.
Sigh! Some people never learn.
Mo de Profit says
Not a hope in hell.
These migrants manage to travel thousands of miles from sub-Saharan Africa across the Sahara Desert and then north Africa through the Mediterranean or Middle East and Turkey before crossing Albania Italy or Greece etc to arrive as asylum seekers in Germany?
Who is funding this? Who has the power and influence to make this happen?
Only one organisation I know could facilitate this level of people trafficking and that’s the UN.
Muslims come to France for money and to escape the hellish tyrannies they come from. Once they arrive, they are magnetically attracted to and repelled by something they both crave and detest: the rich, varied cultures of the West. Muslims will NEVER even acculturate, leave alone assimilate, because the culture of the West, being superior to their own culture, humiliates them simply because it exists and they didn’t create it; hence, they set out on fire (literally and figuratively) every chance they get. Leftists also hate the West and so they ally with Muslims. I’ll enjoy watching the Red-Green alliance consume itself in the coming years.
J.J. Sefton says
Couldn’t be happening to a more deserving country.
THX 1138 says
Nothing will change until the moral code of altruism and self-sacrifice is discredited and rejected as destructive and evil and Ayn Rand’s moral code of rational self-interest is discovered and championed as man’s highest and most noble virtue.
Socialism in all its variants, Nazism, communism, fascism, is based on the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice, the moral code that claims that man, every man, is not and end in himself but the means for the ends of others, a sacrificial animal.
Collectivism is based on altruism. Christianity and Islam are based on altruism. The welfare state is based on altruism.
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification.” – Ayn Rand
THX dishes up yet another boring long winded pile of gruel about how horrible we are.
Strike one. No one cares about Altruism as you describe it. They care about the Muslims invading their country.
THX 1138 says
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites. Since need, not achievement, is held as the criterion of rewards, the government necessarily keeps sacrificing the more productive groups to the less productive, gradually chaining the top level of the economy, then the next level, then the next. (How else are unachieved rewards to be provided?)
There are two kinds of need involved in this process: the need of the group making demands, which is openly proclaimed and serves as cover for another need, which is never mentioned—the need of the power-seekers, who require a group of dependent favor-recipients in order to rise to power. Altruism feeds the first need, statism feeds the second, Pragmatism blinds everyone—including victims and profiteers—not merely to the deadly nature of the process, but even to the fact that a process is going on.” – Ayn Rand
Swing and a miss. Strike two. Another pile of gobbdegook word salad about….what? Oh yeah, that Altruism thing again.
THX 1138 says
“[A] real turning point came when the welfare statists switched from economics to physiology: they began to seek a new power base in deliberately fostered racism, the racism of minority groups, then in the hatreds and inferiority complexes of women, of “the young,” etc. The significant aspect of this switch was the severing of economic rewards from productive work. Physiology replaced the conditions of employment as the basis of social claims. The demands were no longer for “just compensation,” but just for compensation, with no work required.
So long as the power-seekers clung to the basic premises of the welfare state, holding need as the criterion of rewards, logic forced them, step by step, to champion the interests of the less and less productive groups, until they reached the ultimate dead end of turning from the role of champions of “honest toil” to the role of champions of open parasitism, parasitism on principle, parasitism as a “right” (with their famous slogan turning into: “Who does not toil, shall eat those who do”).” – Ayn Rand
THX is hitless after three at bats and the count is 0-2.
The pitcher gets the sign and deals.
Stee-rike 3!!! Got him with a 70 mph clear thinking slider.
Looks like Objectivist School is out for the day
Wow, a policy of the delusional Left that failed contact with the real world. How novel.
John Reese says
Just like America…..the Left screws up things, then someone has to fix it, but I’m afraid we’re beyond fixing.
Ed Snider says
The Huns found it intolerable to share their land with half a million Jews, the most productive, artistic, ethical cohort of Deutsch society with whom they found it impossible to compete. So they said the Jews were less than human, murdered all they could, and replaced them with people who will eat them alive. Pardon me if my sympathies are elsewhere.
John Blackman says
ah yes , the country that lost two world wars , sorry , no sympathy for the supreme aryans . islam and the left will destroy germany and it will do it without firing a shot .