The Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy is being criticized even by moderates for being too open and letting too many refugees in at the same time, while borders of various other countries gain stricter border control and transit camps are built to send some refugees back.
The way Chancellor Merkel is handling the refugee crisis has a lot of opposition. Almost a half of the German people oppose Merkel’s plans, including some from her own Christian Democrats party. Other EU states, like Slovakia, have been rather resistant to welcoming refugees, claiming they would only take Christian ones, if any at all.
In the past, due to the welcoming policies, Chancellor Merkel has been accused of encouraging the refugees from mostly Afghanistan and Syria to enter Germany. Several German embassies have stated otherwise, especially the ones from the Balkans.
While her popularity may be waning, she still has to tackle the refugee crisis. If she does not, her support in the party will certainly wane the more. However, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia, have all been closing borders recently to stop the flow of refugees. Germany and Austria have done this earlier already. The Slovenia Parliament is already amending the relevant laws to enable the army help the police mount tighter control along the borders.
Recently, the moderates have also started doubting Merkel’s ideas. At the beginning of the crisis, credible polls suggest only 39 per cent of them were against the Merkel plan as against the present 39 per cent who support it.
Attacks on the refugee camps have become frequent in recent times. It is equally expected there will be more of such in the near future as anti-refugees movements find their voices.
Meanwhile, in Slovenia, the army has moved to the borders due to the government believing that the influx of refugees in the last few days has exceeded the manageable possibilities. It is, after all, the smallest of the Balkan countries where the refugee route is taking place, and it does not have as many resources for handling the crisis as other, bigger countries. And with Slovenia border control tightening, the routes to northern countries may be problematic for the refugees, with Hungary also closing its borders.
Jus Koren is a political reporter based in Slovenia. He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org