Friday 19 January 2018

Trump would be irresponsible to ignore danger of migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speak to the press after their meeting last week in Stockholm, Sweden. ‘Both countries have had to dramatically rethink their generous immigration policies.’ Photo: Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speak to the press after their meeting last week in Stockholm, Sweden. ‘Both countries have had to dramatically rethink their generous immigration policies.’ Photo: Reuters
David Quinn

David Quinn

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders of Germany to all refugees in 2015, initially I thought it was a great idea. I've amended that opinion now, in light of the fact the policy was very badly thought out.

For a long time, I supported the West accepting as many Christian refugees as possible from Syria and elsewhere. Why? Because they are a particularly persecuted group. Yes, it's true that it's mainly Muslims being killed in Syria and Iraq, but that's because they are overwhelmingly Muslim countries. But within those countries, Christians, like the Yazidis in Iraq, are particularly vulnerable.

I've now changed my mind about accepting as many Christian refugees as possible because I've spoken to Christian leaders from the region. They don't want the Christian presence in the Middle East, which is older than the presence of Islam, to disappear completely.

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