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Refugeewiki is a resource to help refugees and to enhance coordination. It also includes tips on how to handle criticism. It's probably a good idea if we also have content about things that haven't been great and if we can discuss often heard NIMBY-style arguments (NIMBY stands for "Not In My Back Yard").

Let's try to obtain an overview of the different arguments, with links to reputable sources.

(Not even sure if this is the right title, or the right start, but it's better to have something and slowly move it in the right direction.)

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Frequently asked Questions about refugees (and how to answer them!)

There is no more room for refugees

Let's adress this concern for Germany and take a look at its population density. Currently, 81,198 million people are sharing the 357,340,08 km² that make up Germany (as of 31 December 2014). This equals a population density of 227 people per km².

According to UNHCR, there are 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. So let's just assume for a minute that Germany had to take in all of those 60 million people which would then mean a population of about 141 million.
Some 141 million people sharing 357,340 km² would comprise a population density of 395 people per km².

And that would be pretty much the same population density of the Netherlands (394 inhabitants per km²). Nobody would say that the Netherlands are overwhelmed by the amount of peopel that live there, or would they?

Let's not forget that we made the unrealistic assumption that each and everyone of the 60 million forcibly displaced persons would come to Germany. Instead, the estimate it that 1 million or 1.5 million refugees will arrive in Germany in 2015. If all of them stayed that would mean our population density would rise up to 230 or 231 people per km².
It's no question that we have to adapt to the numbers or that we have to work on our infrastructure but we definitely have enough room. We just have to make enough room.

Putting it in simpler terms: if there were 81 people in a bar and one more person entered - would you say there was no more room?
Ask yourself if you would feel different if this 1 person didn't speak your language.

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We cannot give asylum to the whole world

True, no country nor the European Union can give asylum to the whole 60 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Neither will it be possible to give asylum to the ⅔ of the world's population living under conditions way below the European standard.
But should this really be our concern? Just think about what would need to happen to make you leave behind your home, your friends and your country. Bearing this in mind, no one would leave their country and take on the huge challenges and dangers refugees face on theirway, if it weren't for a very pressing, life-threatening reason.
We should keep this in mind when it comes to welcoming and sheltering those who have taken this tough decision.

Whilst looking at the people who are not fleeing war and discrimination, but the poor economic situation in their home country, it may even make sense to welcome those who are coming to Europe and empower them to in turn support their family and relatives back home. This would then prevent them from becoming refugees themselves.

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Asylum seekers get more money than unemployed German citizens

This is not true. An unemployed German citizen gets a maximum of €399/month in benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II commonly called Hartz IV). An asylum seeker gets a maximum of €359/month, of which at least €216 are given in supplies in kind - so an asylum seeker in Germany will not get more than €143 for a single adult per month.

Sozialhilfe (social security) and Arbeitslosengeld II benefits in Germany Benefits for asylum seekers
Single adult
Single parent
Adult with an underage partner
€399 *1 *2
For single persons receiving benefit €143 €216
Single parents up to the age of 24, or adults up to 24 with an underage partner who have moved without the approval of the local authority responsible €320
Adult partners who are married, in a civil partnership, a partnership similar to a marriage or similar to a civil partnership €360 each For two adult benefit recipients who manage a household jointly as partners €129 each €194 each
For further benefit recipients without their own households €113 each €174 each
A child who is younger than 6 years old €234 For children entitled to benefits until they are 6 €84 €133
A child aged between 6 and 13 €267 For children entitled to benefits from age 7 to 14 €92 €157
Child or young person aged betwee 14 and 17 €302 For other young people entitled to benefits from age 15 to 18 €85 €198
*1 Maximum cash benefits *2 In non-cash benefits
Publication on the level of benefits based on article 20 paragraph 5 of the Second Social Security Statute Book for the period from 1 January 2015 Publication on the level of benefits based on article 14 of the German Asylum Seeker Act for the period from 1 March 2015

ISIS terrorists coming into Europe?

  • Many ISIS terrorists hold EU passports and can travel into Europe without any restrictions.
  • Are there any actual cases of this occurring?

Too many refugees will become a big problem

Only Germany is taking in refugees

File:Refugee crisis in Europe Q1 and Q2 2015.svg
Refugee crisis in Europe Q1 and Q2 2015 - Absolute numbers (bars) and relative to population (coloring)

In total numbers, Germany is taking in the most refugees in the European Union, but if seen relative to the total population, Hungary, Sweden and Austria are doing much more (see graphic). Internationally, Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon are at the fore.

Most refugees are only coming for better jobs

There is no good reason to flee from Balkan countries

We can't solve all the problems in the world

We can't take in all African People

Refugees are dangerous criminals

We can't afford to take in more refugees

Asylum seekers exploit our welfare system

Migration will harm our culture

We should first take care of those in need in our own countries

Anyone denied asylum should be taken back to their country immediately

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