Migrants wait to be rescued by the Aquarius rescue ship run by non-governmental organisations (NGO)
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Sir, Istvan Dobozi ( Letters, December 4) thinks Angela Merkel’s Willkommenspolitik of autumn 2015 “led to thousands of deaths in the watery graves of the Mediterranean”. The International Organization for Migration found from March to October 2015 an exponential increase in the number of migrants across the Aegean Sea. No dent is seen when the German chancellor very publicly told a Palestinian girl that not everybody can stay, and her opening of German borders several weeks later caused no upward deviation.

Ms Merkel is responsible for changing the distribution within Europe and for making me, for half a year in my long life, happy to be a German.

Dietrich Stauffer
Cologne, Germany

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