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Germany bans full-face veils at work for civil servants, soldiers

Germany bans full-face veils at work for civil servants, soldiers
28 Apr 2017
  • Germany's Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, will soon draft a law to ban full-face veils or hijabs at work for civil servants, soldiers and judges.
  • In December, Chancellor Angela Merkel had called for such a ban "wherever legally possible".
  • The influx of over a million migrants into Germany in the past few years, most of them Muslim, has raised concerns on their integration.

  • Amid increasing anti-migrant sentiment, Merkel toughens stand
    Stand
  • Earlier this month, the government dismissed a proposal to introduce an 'Islam law' specifying the rights of Muslims.
  • Merkel has emphasized that refugees must respect Germany's openness and freedom of religion.
  • After widespread criticism on opening doors to refugees, Merkel has now toughened her stance on integration in an attempt to garner support for her Christian Democratic Union; federal elections are due in September.

  • Islamophobia on the rise in Germany
    FACT
    A June'16 study by the University of Leipzig in collaboration with other foundations showed that Islamophobia has drastically risen in Germany; one in two respondents of the 2,420 surveyed said they felt like a foreigner in their own country due to the large Muslim population.

    Effects of influx of migrants on German society
    Effect
  • Contrary to widespread criticism, the first comprehensive study on social effects of migrants' influx reported that only "muted increases" in crimes have been witnessed.
  • More cases are reported in larger refugee reception centres; however, one factor behind this is a stronger police presence and hence, tougher security.
  • Last year, the federal government stated crime levels among migrants and natives are similar.



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