A new opinion poll has revealed that a large majority of Germans are unhappy with the left-liberal, traffic light coalition government’s pro-mass migration policy, with over two-thirds of the population saying they are concerned with the ever-widening torrent of asylum seekers flowing into the country.
The survey, carried out by the Institute for New Social Answers (INSA), a German political and market research firm, indicated that 68.3% of respondents admitted that they are worried by the government’s open-border policy that has allowed massive numbers of unvetted asylum seekers into the country, the Berlin-based tabloid newspaper BILD reports.
Less than a quarter (23.5%) were unconcerned about the increased numbers.
Additionally, while 48.4% of respondents said that the migrants entering Germany will alter the country for the worse, only 16.3% expressed the opinion that the newcomers would make Germany a better place. 31.4% of respondents stated the country would not change in any meaningful way.
Unsurprisingly, there are stark differences among the voting groups. While the majority of liberal, pro-business FDP and centrist CDU/CSU voters said current migration levels will make the country worse, most left-liberal voters—those who support the SPD and Greens—believe the country will not be better or worse.
Speaking to BILD about the increasingly large, sustained influx of migrants, Stefan Heck, a member of the federal Bundestag for the CDU spoke of a “tipping point” in Germany’s migration policy.
“With an annual immigration of 400,000 migrants, Germany is dangerously approaching a tipping point. If the majority of the population has a migration background, our country will change significantly,” Heck warned.
Christoph de Vries (CDU), a member of the state Bundestag in Hamburg who serves on the Committee for Home Affairs, in a statement given to BILD, echoed Heck’s sentiment, saying: “Germany is at risk of being overwhelmed when it comes to integrating migrants. Integration is a question of numbers and cultural proximity.” He added that Germany ought to concentrate on “recruiting skilled workers from parts of the world who share our core values.”
In November, Deputy Chairman of Germany’s Federal Police Union Manuel Ostermann accused Germany’s hard-left activist interior minister of concealing an unprecedented influx of migrants and asylum seekers. He said more than 1,500 illegal migrants are arriving in Germany every day, with September alone having witnessed some 40,000 asylum seekers—not including Ukrainian refugees—enter German territory, with most being adult males from Afghanistan, Syria, and North Africa.