Saturday, September 19, 2015

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!"
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 . . .

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At 2:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UN Hague Convention on Refugees requires asylum seekers to apply in the first safe country they reach. The EU, US, Canada, and New Zealand make a mockery of this regulation when they allow both genuine refugees and economic migrants to pass through several countries either by land or by air before seeking legal residency in their preferred destination. Law offices in NYC and SF have been prosecuted for coaching possibly hundreds of asylum seekers to lie about being persecuted for their religious beliefs or other qualifying reasons in order to gain a green card. The Hague agreement signed in the 50s when asylum seekers were small numbers of East Bloc dissidents kicked out by despotic regimes needs to be revised.

Having said all that, I think the mostly educated, skilled Syrian refugees will adapt well to American life as long as they establish their own mosques without 'help' from the Saudis.



At 7:19 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I suspect that the Syrian refugees have a rather low opinion of the Saudis since the refugees are fleeing Islamists who have been supported by Saudi Islamists, so they might not accept Saudi funding for mosques.

On the other hand, the passage from Islam to Islamism seems a rather short one, especially for rootless Muslims alienated from society and in search of an identity.

I also don't like the reports I've been hearing of clashes between the Slovenian police and young male refugees who cry out "Allahu Akbar" as they attack. Are these individuals really going to fit into the West?

Jeffery Hodges

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