Thursday, October 1, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (October 1, 2015)

Germany: Muslim Asylum Seekers Enforcing Sharia Law in Shelters
German police say that Christians, Kurds and Yazidis are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity for being infidels.
  • Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in the shelters are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity.
  • "I fled from the Iranian secret service because I thought that in Germany I could finally live my faith without persecution. But in the refugee shelter, I cannot admit that I am a Christian, or I would face threats... They treat me like an animal. They threaten to kill me." — An Iranian Christian in a German refugee shelter.
  • "We have to dispense with the illusion that all of those who are coming here are human rights activists. ... We are getting reports of threats of aggression, including threats of beheading, by Sunnis against Shiites, but Yazidis and Christians are the most impacted. Those Christian converts who do not hide their faith stand a 100% probability of being attacked and mobbed." — Max Klingberg, director of the Frankfurt-based International Society for Human Rights.
  • "We are observing that Salafists are appearing at the shelters disguised as volunteers and helpers, deliberately seeking contact with refugees to invite them to their mosques to recruit them to their cause." — Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of German intelligence.
  • Police are urgently calling for migrants of different faiths to be housed in separate facilities. Some politicians counter that such segregation would go against Germany's multicultural values.
  • "The bulk of the migrants who are arriving here cannot be integrated." — Heinz Buschkowsky, former mayor of Berlin's Neukölln district.
Germany's interior minister is urging migrants arriving in the country to respect other people, show patience and not fight each other, following occasional recent brawls at crowded refugee accommodation.

Germany took in more than 200,000 migrants in September
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany took in more than 200,000 migrants in September, politicians said on Thursday, a new record which is likely to fuel the debate about how many newcomers Europe's most populous country can absorb.

Germany's mainstream parties initially backed Chancellor Angela Merkel's warm welcome for refugees but the mood has turned more critical, with practical worries about how to feed and house so many people setting the tone.

"In September alone, we registered more refugees than for the whole of last year," Stephan Mayer, a lawmaker from the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) party, told parliament, putting the figure at over 200,000.

His CSU colleague Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, said up to 280,000 may have entered German territory last month.

The CSU is the sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), who rule in coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Germany expects as many as 800,000 migrants to come to the country this year alone -- around 1 percent of the current population -- and Bavaria in the south of the country is where many of them are crossing the border.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told parliament on Thursday that there was a limit to how many migrants Europe can accept, but he did not set a figure on it.

Germany was "trying damned hard" to distribute the migrants around the country and find them accommodation, he said.

Hungary accused of Islamophobia for not welcoming the wave of Muslim migrants
BUDAPEST — Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban raised eyebrows when he said refugees and migrants flooding through the country are a potential threat to Europe's Christian values.

Most of them are Muslim and fleeing war and poverty in Asia and the Middle East. The comments ruffled Hungary's Muslim minority. [...]

Czechs against permanent compulsory redistribution of migrants
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country is opposing any large European Union plan for a permanent compulsory redistribution of asylum-seekers among the bloc's 28 nations.

During a debate on the migrant crisis in the lower house of Parliament on Thursday, Sobotka said: "We're in the middle of a battle over a realistic approach of the entire European Union to the migrant crisis. The Czech Republic will vote against such a proposal. No government would be able to change such a mechanism in the future."

Last week, EU ministers agreed to redistribute 120,000 asylum-seekers in EU member states despite opposition from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Slovakia is planning to challenge that. Sobotka said the EU decision was bad but the Czechs would respect it.

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said Thursday EU ministers will discuss the larger plan for the permanent redistribution of the migrants at their Oct. 8 meeting in Luxembourg.

90,000 Muslim migrants passed through Croatia toward Germany and Sweden
Croatian police say more than 90,000 migrants have passed through the country and moved on toward Western Europe in little more than two weeks.

Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said Thursday that only five people remain in one of the two main refugee camps in Croatia, while the rest have already moved on to Hungary.

Migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia want to reach the rich countries of Western Europe such as Germany and Sweden.

Croatia became a transit country for migrants in mid-September after Hungary closed its border with Serbia to stop the flow coming that way.

The migrant tide is not expected to slow amid fears of worsening weather conditions as winter approaches.

UN expects 1.4 million Muslim migrants in Europe over next two years
Geneva (AFP) - The UN refugee agency said Thursday that it was expecting 700,000 migrants and refugees to reach Europe via the Mediterranean sea this year and projected at least the same amount again in 2016.

"UNHCR's response is now based on the assumption that up to 700,000 people will seek safety and international protection in Europe in 2015, and possibly even higher numbers in 2016," the agency said, issuing a revised funding appeal.

UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards confirmed that the figures specifically referred to people expected to seek refuge by crossing the Mediterranean.

The agency had previously projected 350,000 arrivals in 2015, but those figure had not been updated in many months.

Overall, the figures show that the agency expects no let up in the waves of people making the perilous sea crossing to escape conflict and strife in the Middle East and Africa.

On Tuesday, UNHCR said 520,000 people had arrived on Europe's shores since January 1. Some 2,980 people have perished or disappeared trying to make the crossing.

More than half of those to have reached Europe this year were Syrians fleeing the country's brutal civil war, which has forced at least four million people to leave their homeland and internationally displaced more than 7.6 million others.

The 2015 figures and the projections for 2016 mark a major surge compared to last year, when the agency recorded 219,000 migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe by sea.

Eastern Europeans to cooperate on border control
Hungary says it is in "constant consultations" with Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia about cooperating on issues of border defense.

Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, said Thursday that Orban had talked about the issue with the leaders of the three other countries in the so-called Visegrad Group.

Lazar said over 291,000 migrants had entered Hungary so far this year, including 87,000 who crossed over from Croatia after Hungary shut down its border with Serbia on Sept. 15 with a 4-meter (13-feet) high fence protected by razor wire, police and military patrols.

Lazar said that a similar fence being built on the border with Croatia would be completed soon, making it possible "to defend Hungary and Europe."