23 November 2016

One in three Germans feel they are 'strangers in their own country' due to 'Muslim infiltration', study claims

.... The report acknowledged that it has been published at a 'politically heated' time, with 'Muslim-hostile' marches taking place, violence against refugees being reported and open hatred being voiced toward immigrants - drawing parallels with 'traditional racism'.

It also warned of a 'solidified and radicalised core of people' who are increasingly rejecting mainstream politics.

The foundation, which is associated with the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) said society in Germany is becoming more divided between a tolerant majority and a loud minority opposed to immigration and integration.

Thirty eight per cent want limits placed on the number of refugees allowed into the country, and 35 per cent believe more is done for immigrants than it is for needy Germans.

Nearly half believe religion has too much influence in Germany.

Around a quarter said they fear the standard of living will fall.

The report stated: 'Some findings are disturbing: for example, the increasing polarisation and violence, as well as the persistent and widespread mistrust of democracy.'

It said those opposed to immigration 'do not speak for the majority'.

Discussion about immigration looks set to dominate next year's elections in Germany, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door policy coming under fire.

An estimated 1.1 million immigrants entered Germany last year. [Daily Mail] Read more