Migrants Refuse Asylum in Denmark?
Jake Burman reports that "Migrants REFUSE to claim asylum in Denmark" (Express, September 17, 2015). Why the refusal?
"[B]ecause they don't get enough BENEFITS!"Really?
Refugees from Middle Eastern countries - like war-torn Syria - are demanding they are allowed to go to Sweden or Finland because the terms of asylum are more favourable . . . . Asylum seeker Marwen el Mohammed said there are two reasons migrants do not want to go to Denmark . . . . [He] claimed the first reason is that "the salary for refugees decreased about 50 per cent from 10,000 kroner (£1,000) to about 5,000 (£500)" . . . . [and the] second is that Finland and its neighbouring countries allow migrants' families to join them within two or three months - but under Denmark's new laws they have to wait a year before they are able to join their loved ones . . . . Danish authorities agreed to cut social benefits for new refugees by 50 per cent while foreign nationals must wait at least five years for a permanent residence permit - and they must be able to speak Danish . . . . [Other] EU countries have began to adopt a hardline approach to the migrant crisis, with borders across Europe being slammed shut over the last 24 hours to quell the impossible flow of migrants entering Europe.The demand for asylum in Sweden and Finland rather than Denmark makes the migrants sound as though their situation is less than dire, but one could argue that they are just being rational in asking for the best for them and their families.
But mass migration is a potential problem some twenty years from now, as the second generation reaches adulthood, for we've already seen how alienated and even radicalized such young people are in various cities of Europe. That's one of the reasons I liked Abdallah Schleifer's suggestion that the EU support refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey so that the refugees can return home in Syria when the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is defeated.
But there's an even more pressing problem, according to "Lebanese education minister Elias Bou Saab [who warns that] . . . thousands of ISIS 'radicals' were among the 1.1 million Syrians currently in migrant camps," as reported by Burman in an article, "400 ISIS killers with hatred of West among 20,000 refugees heading for Britain" (Express, September 15, 2015). How does Saab know?
"My gut feeling is ISIS are facilitating an operation. To go to Europe and other places."Oh. I'd rather hoped for some hard evidence. I don't doubt that ISIS is sending terrorists, but I'd like to have more solid evidence than some Lebanese politician's bowel movements . . .