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German refugee worker hits back at Merkel’s migrant pledge


A German woman who has spent the last year looking after refugees has lashed out at Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy.

Katja Schneidt initially embraced Mrs Merkel’s famous rallying call “we can do this” after the Chancellor opened Germany’s doors to Syrian refugees last summer.

But the 45-year-old has now written a book – titled We Can’t Do This – expressing her anger at the country’s dire integration policy.

She wrote: “The euphoria at the beginning of the wave of refugees is gone. We are not able to cope with this refugee crisis successfully.”

In her voluntary role, Ms Schneidt – from the state of Hesse – helped refugees find accommodation and receive medical treatment.

But she now believes it is impossible to integrate every refugee into the country, which has been rocked by Islamist terror attacks this summer.

She said: “You cannot expect the refugees to behave in a way that we want them to after an integration course. That is nonsense.

Angela Merkel

The Chancellor has been attacked by ex-refugee worker Katja Schneidt

Refugee crisis

Nearly 1.1 million refugees reached Germany last year, figures show

“Islam is not like Christianity. It is a life model, we can’t argue them away. It is not enough to say that Islam belongs to Germany.”

According to official figures, nearly 1.1million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015, with a further 300,000 expected this year.

But Mrs Merkel’s open-door policy has sparked a major backlash in recent months, with her approval rating plummeting to a five-year low.

Angela Merkel

The under-fire CDU leader has vowed to deport failed asylum seekers

The Chancellor recently vowed to deport failed asylum seekers, saying: “The most important thing is deportation, deportation, and again: deportation.”

The dramatic U-turn came days before the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AFD) humiliated Mrs Merkel in an embarrassing election loss.

The AFD beat Mrs Merkel’s CDU party into third place in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, earning 21 per cent of the vote.


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