The two large churches in Germany have drawn a positive interim assessment of the 2015 wave of migrants. Around half of those who came at the time are being trained or have jobs today, said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.
But the clergyman did not mention that integration courses have been ineffective. Less than half of all migrants that completed one of the courses were able to pass even abasic language testin 2018.
The Catholic Cardinal Reinhard Marx from Munich told the Catholic news agency KNA in Munich: “The fears, accompanied by some undertones, that this would increase the crime rate in Germany have not been proven true. Our community is not threatened by migrants, but by the right wing.”
The two clergymen also praised Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her message “We can do it” was “absolutely right,” said Marx. But Merkelherself
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