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Merkel's Election Campaign: Haunted by the Refugee Crisis?

Angela Merkel once said “we can do it” as Germany took in hundreds of thousands of refugees. Is her motto now “keep them out”? Our guests: Antje Bauer (freelance journalist), Malte Lehming (Tagesspiegel), Mekonnen Mesghena (Heinrich Böll Foundation)

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Antje Bauer, a freelance journalist and Islamic scholar, has been reporting for many years from and about parts of the world where refugees are on the move. She says, "Migration can only be prevented by fighting its causes. Creating refugee concentration camps in a ruined country is cynical, pure and simple."


Malte Lehming is a journalist at Germany's Tagesspiegel newspaper, who regularly comments on developments in refugee policy. He says, "We have to admit that mistakes have been made in our policies regarding refugees."


 

Mekonnen Mesghena was born in Eritrea, and fled to Germany in the early 1980s. Today, he heads the department for migration at the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He says, "Germany is not using the right tools in order to protect the truly needy. It's 'survival of the fittest.'"