Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer has demanded a guaranteed disconnection of asylum seekers with the IS group for a tougher control over refugees. The call from the leader of the key partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition is expected to exert more pressure upon the government’s open-door refugee policy.
Put to test is also Germany’s public security. Some German politicians reckon an estimated 3,000 personnel are needed to beef up the security force in order to cope with the increasing number of refugees and immigrants. In 2015, immigrants to Germany surpassed 2 million in total, an increase of 700,000 over the previous year, showed official data.
The social and cultural integration of immigrants is another issue to draw public attention again. The axe-waving attacker in the July 18 assault had lived in Germany for more than a year, but had apparently received more influence from the IS group.
Many acts of terrorism in Western countries are carried out in revenge for the countries’ intervention in regional hot spots. In this regard, Germany’s more international responsibilities and more military involvement are expected to make it more prone to terrorism.
Germany’s top security official says authorities are conducting 59 investigations of refugees suspected of possible links to terrorist organizations.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says it would be wrong to put all refugees under general suspicion, “even if there are investigations in individual cases.”
The Funke newspaper group quoted him as saying: “We are currently talking about 59 investigations for possible links to terrorist structures, and that’s with many hundreds of thousands of newly arrived people.” He adds that in the overwhelming number of cases, reports turn out not to be true.
De Maiziere called for Germany’s borders to be better protected without preventing refugees from coming to the country by legal and safe means _ “in reasonable numbers.” He noted that in the Munich gun attack there was no indication that the perpetrator, the German-born son of Iranian asylum-seekers, had failed to integrate in German society.