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Evangelical Church of Germany wants no upper limit for refugees and says the country is rich enough for more migrants

The head of the EKD council is calling for further unbridled migration to Germany. After all, the Federal Republic is rich and still has a lot of space. She doesn't hear from the volunteers at her church that the municipalities are being overwhelmed. There will be even more reasons for asylum in the future.

Frankfurt am Main - The council chairwoman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Annette Kurschus, has spoken out in favor of the Federal Republic accepting more asylum seekers. “Basically, our rich country should be able to take in even more people who are fleeing their homes from war and various hardships and are seeking refuge with us,” Kurschus told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) .

Significantly more legal access routes to Europe are needed. She assured that there was enough space for it. “If the municipalities complain that they are completely overwhelmed, then we have to listen carefully,” said the 60-year-old. At the same time, she emphasized that she did not hear this complaint from the volunteers of the Protestant church.

She described proposals such as an asylum cap as “a populist smokescreen”. From a Christian perspective, human destinies cannot be pinned down to a number, the clergyman commented on this demand. She emphasized that there are reasons to emigrate even beyond war: “The consequences of the climate catastrophe are also forcing more and more people to leave their homeland.”

EKD Council Chairwoman: “We won’t stand idly by”
Kurschus also defended the Mediterranean operation to rescue irregular migrants, calling it “indispensable.” Although it is clear to the church that the measures have not changed the situation of those affected, they are not standing idly by. Anyone who takes this route has a “real need”. “Otherwise they wouldn’t take on this effort,” she emphasized.

It is not the first time that the clergyman has advocated a liberal migration policy. Two years ago, in another conversation with the FAZ, she advocated “legal and safe access routes” as a “sign of humanity”. She firmly rejected concerns that Muslim immigration could threaten the importance of Christianity: “Our Christian faith is not endangered by encounters with other religions. Incidentally, I find that the fear about the so-called Christian West is more common among people who are not very familiar with the content of Christianity.”

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