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Was it ethical for Germany to embrace refugees?Name of student: Sami Al-MawedName of Supervisor: Ian MillsSchool: Leipzig International School Candidate Number: Word Count: Declaration of authenticity: I confirm that this is my own original work. I acknowledge the ideas and statements of other persons, be it written or oral. Signature:Table of contents?1 – Introduction 32 – The Ethical Issue: 42.1 – The durability of the “Welcome Culture” (Where to draw the line) 42.2 – The Media 42.3 – Crime 53 – Integration: 63.1 – CDU Approach (so far) 63.2 – AFD Alternative solutions 64 – Primary Research: 74.1 – Interview Questions 74.2 – Interview Results 85 – Conclusion 116 – Bibliography 12?1 – IntroductionIn the past few years, the world has faced the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Millions of people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan displaced from their homes, and have set on an involuntary journey in search for a better, more stable and secure place to live. Whether it is to remain a member of the workforce, or to finish their education, or simply looking for security, how the world reacted to the crisis in terms of admitting asylum seekers from those countries differed rather drastically. Some countries refused, some were rather reluctant, and some embraced refugees with open borders. Germany is a prime example, for it has been a major contributor since they have taken the largest number of refugees in Europe so far. I myself am an asylum seeker in Germany and have been living in the federal republic for 3 years. This reflective project is done in an effort to study, analyze, and respond to the situation in its entirety from different points of views, be it the Refugees themselves or the social workers who provide the services to them, or the German public or politicians and government officials. The main purpose is measuring how ethical was Germany’s decision when considering its ability to integrate asylum-seekers.It is quite a heated controversial and touchy subject that gave birth to racial tension in Germany. And thus, it interested me, being an asylum seeker myself and having been through the procedure. It is a local issue with a global reach. That being said I can confirm that I have no bias towards the issue and I believe both sides – if I may call it that – have something to answer for.2 – The Ethical Issue:2.1 – The durability of the “Welcome Culture” (Where to draw the line)Germany’s open border policy implemented by Chancellor Angela Merkel was quite a controversial decision due to several reasons. Firstly, Germany’s capacity was not considered as a problem. However, German citizens that welcomed refugees say they should take in more while the opposing group would say they’ve taken too much. There were many sensitive accusations thrown at the Chancellor suggesting many ulterior motives, one of which is Germany’s need for workforce since the country had one of the lowest birth rates before the influx of migrants. Although it is no secret that Germany has been struggling with an aging population, the ordeal has produced a fear that at this rate, the german culture may slowly fade away. The Government allows the refugees to live off welfare until they find employment which in itself is a big gamble and for that reason, many people view it as a dangerous threat while other viewed it as a big opportunity.Unfortunately, this hospitality can be (and is being) easily exploited. For that reason it is difficult to draw the line between Immigrants and refugees. Immigrants have nothing in common with refugees that come from war torn areas, instead, their departure from their home countries is only due to economic pressure that in role pushes them towards promised lands in europe where living off government assistance is possible as they have no prospects at home. That being said, not every refugee from a war torn country directly translates to2.2 – ¬†CrimeProceeding from the last topic, it is needless to say, this group of people are not recognized as refugees and hence they cannot acquire a work permit nor any chance for a residency status. Therefore they are basically waiting to be deported, however, this avenue is blocked as their home countries don’t take them back.They leave the country after committing enough crime leaving behind them an extremely negative impression of the remaining genuine refugees. Most Germans are not familiar with the foreign culture of asylum seekers or at least were not before the refugee crisis, and hence it is difficult to separate between refugees and migrants from their perspectiveConduct The contrast between cultures and religious influence.human trafficking German protest The revival of facismRise of right wing political parties and support for the first time since 1945German history2.3 – The Media- Romanticizing the idea without looking at its implications and realistic outcomes- The culture of silence3 – Integration3.1 – The process4 – Primary ResearchFor primary research, I have conducted an interview with Mr. Neumann4.1 – Interview Questions4.2 – Interview5 – Conclusion:6 – Bibliography