German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not given a specific stance on refugees for the upcoming election in September.
Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrat Union, aims to avoid the issue altogether despite the rise of organized terrorist attacks committed by immigrants in Germany. The country took in approximately 1.1 million refugees in 2015 despite receiving backlash from other politicians. Horst Seehofer, a right-leaning member of Merkel’s party, opposes the current policy, calling Merkel’s strong support of refugees a “rule of injustice” for the well-being of Germany.
Merkel states that there will be no maximum quota on the amount of refugees entering Germany. However, the country stepped up deportation of rejected asylum seekers in 2017.
Tensions between Germans and immigrants has grown in recent years. Last Christmas ISIS claimed responsibility after a Pakistani asylum seeker purposely crashed a truck into the Berlin Christmas market, killing 12.
A Berlin court paid a woman 7,000 euros Wednesday after she lost her teaching job for wearing a hijab at work.
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