Germany: Dissatisfaction with Migration policy growing

Dissatisfaction with Migration policy growing

Loud ARD German Trend – Many Germans are dissatisfied with migration policy. Almost two thirds want Germany to accept fewer refugees. The immigration skepticism is also growing overall.


It is a topic that has been hotly debated for years: migration policy. Due to the increasing number of asylum applications this year and the upcoming state elections in Bavaria and Hesse, the debate has been very intense again in recent weeks.

And the Germans’ view of the issue is becoming more critical across all parties: 73 percent of those surveyed currently believe that the accommodation and distribution of refugees in Germany is rather poor or very poor. Accordingly, only 19 percent think that this works very well or fairly well. This rating has deteriorated the most significantly – in September 2018, 43 percent said that the accommodation and distribution was successful.

78 percent currently think that the integration of refugees into society or the labor market is rather poor or very poor. And 80 percent say that the deportation of rejected asylum seekers is done rather poorly or very poorly.

In view of these visible deficits in refugee policy, skepticism towards immigration as a whole is growing: When asked whether Germany has advantages or disadvantages through immigration, 64 percent currently say that they see more disadvantages. That is 10 points more compared to May of this year. 27 percent (-6) see immigration as having advantages for Germany.

At the same time, 64 percent are currently in favor of Germany taking in fewer refugees. That is 12 points more than in May of this year. 27 percent want to take in the same number of refugees as before (-6). Only 5 percent (-3) advocate taking in more refugees.

Majority for measures to limit immigration

The more critical view of immigration is also reflected in the support for measures to limit it: 82 percent of those surveyed are currently in favor of increased border controls, 77 percent are in favor of concluding refugee agreements with African states, and the classification of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as safe Countries of origin 69 percent.

Since CSU leader Markus Söder called for an “integration limit” when accepting asylum seekers, there has been renewed debate about an upper limit for accepting refugees. Critics emphasize that such an upper limit cannot be adhered to under international law. But 71 percent of Germans think such an upper limit is right. 8 percentage points more compared to March 2016. Approval extends to all party supporters with the exception of the Greens.

When it comes to the question of how the handling of refugees can best be regulated, 64 percent of Germans are currently in favor of a solution at the European level. That is 11 points less compared to June 2018. 31 percent (+9) think a national solution makes more sense. Although almost two thirds prefer a European solution, a majority also doubts that such a solution will exist. 70 percent (+11) believe that this cannot be implemented at European level in the near future, 23 percent (-13) believe it can be implemented in the near future.



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