German Opinion Changing About Refugee Influx
Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by Rudy Rangel Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that there is no upper limit on the number of refugees the country would accept is causing concern among Germans, who worry the immigrants won’t assimilate into their culture.
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Refugee camp in Dresden, Germany.
Last month more than 200,000 Muslim refugees entered into Germany fleeing from war-torn areas in their homelands. German Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised her nation and those watching worldwide by claiming there was “no upper limit” to help those seeking asylum in their peaceful country.
Many of the refugees are fleeing Syria, whose civil war has been escalating since 2011. Chemical weapons were even used at one point in the conflict by the Assad regime, which had the world up in arms over such inhumane warfare. Syria is dealing with fighting on many fronts. There is an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, and there are those who are fighting against ISIS.
After seeing the masses arrive, German public opinion is changing about Merkel’s decision. A big concern for Germans is how the new refugees will assimilate into their nation. The Economist recently reported, “Germans worry whether Muslim refugees will accept German norms of sexual equality, secularism and Germany’s special responsibility towards Israel and Jews” (“Merkel at Her Limit,” Oct. 10, 2015).
The cultural differences between the refugees entering a modern nation like Germany will have an interesting impact on many aspects of the European nation. Germany has been one of the most financially sound members of the EU. How will the influx of five or eight hundred thousand refugees impact the nation that has bailed out fiscally less responsible nations? How will the culture of progressive Germans and convicted Muslims clash?
In the last few years we have seen Europe joined together by currency–nearly bankrupt by struggling economies of some members, and now this influx of immigrants brings a new layer to the potential for economic strain on the economy. We see in Daniel 11 that there will be push between the king of the South and the King of the North. Could this be setting the stage for animosities between the regions?
We look to God and his coming Kingdom for a time of peace. When all peoples of the world will worship God and His Son Jesus. There will be peace and restoration of all things.