Germany and refugees Hi everybody! I have to write an essay about the German society (I'm studying European societies) and it would be very nice if someone could help me! I have some difficulties to find informations because I don't speak German. Here are my questions: Do you think German people are more open to welcome refugees (than other nations, for instance: France) because of the place associative activities have in Germany? I mean, there's way more associations in Germany than in France, especially humanitarian associations and German people are more inclined to volunteer, to donate, maybe that's why they are more OK to welcome refugees than French people. German people, through their associations, seem to be used to help each other. So, helping German people or helping refugees, what's the difference? Am I wrong? If someone has an example of a German humanitarian association, an usual one, it would be awesome! Thank you!
Apr 23, 2016 4:47 PM
Answers · 3
It's a complex question, and if you don't speak German, it's probably difficult to write a well-informed essay about it. It would be probably even difficult for a native speaker, because we all only have a limited point of view onto current events. One important factor is our Grundgesetz, which makes granting asylum to politcal refugees mandatory, based on our history when Germans fled the Nazi regime and were taken in by other countries. Another factor is that we (apparently like all countries, see Le Pen in France etc.) have some xenophobe and extreme right fraction of the population, though again because of our history, this is not viewed very favorably by the majority of citizens. And when there was violence against refugee homes, the "welcoming culture" was a sort of counterreaction by "normal" people. Another factor is that people in Germany (as I hope everywhere else) are basically decent; and when bigger catastrophies happen, no matter if local (the flooding a few years ago) or internationally, people are willing to donate money and to personally help. Also, as Germans, we of course organize everything :-), so the humanitarian organizations are more a result of that than the cause. We also have a well-organized infrastructure that was originally meant to help with local desasters (Technisches Hilfswerk, https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technisches_Hilfswerk, and Red Cross etc.) that is now also used to render international aid, and can be activated when lots of refugees need temporary shelters etc. There's probably a lot more and that's not enough for a thorough analysis, but maybe it helps a bit.
April 24, 2016
Maybe you are right, but I rather think that people make a mistake and underestimated the difficulties. In addition, we heard last year only the people who welcomed the refugees. The majority of people I know didn't see it that way. But, now the refugees are here. They live next door, literally. Therefore, much work has to be done. And the people also demand that the administration shall settle the matter sensibly. Anyway in Amt Probstei. Elsewhere it is different. Germany is a federal state and every federal state has several districts and municipalities. This is not only an administrative matter, it is a cultural matter. Every state and every district and even every municipality has its own way of dealing with this sort of problem. Berlin for example has a bad record, Cologne is notorious. Bavaria complains, but acts as described above.
April 24, 2016
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