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    Much of the immigration debate between political parties in Germany seems grounded more in the events of 2015 than in the reality of 2018. A short thread.

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    CSU’s Söder and FDP’s Lindner have in recent days claimed that Merkel acted unilaterally in 2015. Although a small detail in the greater scheme of things, this is factually incorrect.

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    For example, Austrian chancellor Kurz acts all tough on immigration now, “axis of the willing” and all, but in 2015, when he was foreign minister, Kurz begged Steinmeier, Germany’s then-foreign minister, to open up Germany’s borders.

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    The fundamental inescapable point of Merkel’s action in 2015 remains: either do what she did or they’d be a humanitarian catastrophe in the heart of Europe. Unless you’re team humanitarian catastrophe, she had no choice. Here’s a piece I wrote at the time: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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    A second myth is that it was Merkel’s decision that somehow triggered the arrivals, and caused numbers to swell. Data is clear that this isn’t the case: hundreds of thousands of refugees were already in Europe zeit.de/politik/auslan…

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    That takes us to today. The number of arrivals has dropped significantly, nearly 80%, since peak in 2015-16. And 25% of refugees that arrived then are now in work, one in two are set to be employed by 2020 ft.com/content/bea850…

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    This doesn’t mean there aren’t important challenges. Complicated issues take time. But 1) trends moving in right direction internally 2) you only need to look at a map to understand the nature of the challenge, the potential for future crises – & the need for a European solution

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    Those who argue otherwise should 1) spell out exactly what is it they want in tangible terms: Trump centres? No asylum seekers at all, like Orban argues? And 2) what’s the plan for when other countries, and nationalists elsewhere, simply start doing their own thing too?

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    In summary, this whole debate is so much bigger than a party political fight between the CDU and CSU.

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