Amajority of Germans have for the first time said the country cannot take in any more refugees, according to a recent survey.
A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation found that a vast majority of Germans still say immigrants and refugees are “very welcoming, or quite welcoming.”
But the number of people who felt Germany had reached the point where it could no longer take in refugees had risen to 54 per cent, up from just 40 per cent in 2015.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has faced strong criticism for her “open door refugee policy,” which saw up to a million refugees and migrants enter Germany in 2015.
The following year a number of domestic terror attacks were carried out in Germany by Afghan and Syrian refugees.
In July 2016, an Afghan injured five people in an axe attack on a train, while a Syrian killed himself and injured 15 others in a suicide bombing.
The most serious incident, on December 19, saw a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia plow a truck into a Christmas market stand in Berlin, leaving 12 dead.
24-year-old Anis Amri entered Germany in July 2016, after the EU-Turkey deal and the closure of the Balkans route significantly slowed the rate of migrants and refugees entering Europe.
The study was released shortly after an interview Mrs Merkel gave to a Syrian journalist in which she said refugees must respect tolerance, openness and freedom of religion.
“We expect the people who come to us to stick to our law,” she said.
The Bertelsmann Foundation’s study also showed a clear divide in opinion between east and west Germany in attitudes towards refugees.
Around 65 per cent of Germans in the west said they would welcome refugees “with open arms,” compared to just 33 per cent in the east.