Friday, September 25, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (September 25, 2015)

Germany sees many migrants falsely claiming to be Syrian
BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Friday they estimate that almost a third of asylum-seekers who arrive in the country and claim to be Syrian are in fact from elsewhere.

Germany has said it will temporarily refrain from sending Syrians back to other European Union countries they have traveled through, as would normally be possible under EU rules. This has been interpreted by some of those seeking refuge from poverty, persecution and war as a sign that Germany gives special preference to people from Syria.

Already, Syrians make up the largest single group among the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers arriving in Germany this year.

"We are seeing forged Syrian passports. There are people who claim to come from Syria but don't speak a word of Arabic," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin.

Migrant quotas forced on Austrian local authorities
Vienna (AFP) - Austria's upper house changed the constitution Friday to force local authorities to accept a quota of migrants equal to 1.5 percent of their population despite opposition from the resurgent far-right.

The move, mirroring EU efforts to oblige member states to accept more migrants, is aimed at relieving Austria's overcrowded main refugee centre at Traiskirchen, and comes into effect on October 1.

It was put forward by Chancellor Werner Faymann's Social Democrats and the centre-right People's Party, which form Austria's governing coalition, and votes from the Greens gave it the necessary two-thirds majority.

Austrians found appropriate place to house Muslim migrants – the dungeon home of incest-rapist Joseph Fritzl
The dungeon home of Austrian incest-rapist Joseph Fritzl may be used to house migrants as Austrian local authorities struggle to find a buyer for the property, and enough homes for the hundreds of thousands of migrants pouring across Europe.

The house could become the newest home for up to 50 migrants, according to the Mail, after local authorities failed to shift the seized abode.

Fritzl, who is serving a life sentence for his rape and incest crimes against his daughter and grandchildren kept his daughter Elizabeth captive in the property for 24 years. She is reported to have birthed seven of his children as a result of repeated rapes and sexual violence.

Now the property could make room for up 50 migrants, further embittering locals to the house which has been up for sale for around £145,000. Michael Wiesner from the local social democratic party, said: “It is not something we can prevent. The liquidator is able to do what he wants with it as the representative of the property.

'Finland's no good': Disappointed picky migrants turn back
Tornio (Finland) (AFP) - Hundreds of predominantly Iraqi migrants who have travelled through Europe to reach Finland are turning back, saying they don't want to stay in the sparsely-populated country on Europe's northern frontier because it's too cold and boring.

Migrants have in recent weeks been crossing back into Sweden at the Haparanda-Tornio border just an hour's drive south of the Arctic Circle, and Finnish authorities have seen a rise in the number of cancelled asylum applications.

"You can tell the world I hate Finland. It's too cold, there's no tea, no restaurants, no bars, nobody on the streets, only cars," 22-year-old Muhammed told AFP in Tornio, as the mercury struggled to inch above 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) on a recent blustery grey day.

He had already travelled from Tornio to the capital Helsinki almost 750 kilometres (465 miles) south, and then back up to the Tornio border again to return to Sweden.

Finnish demonstrators attack refugees with stones and fireworks
HELSINKI - Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception center in Lahti in southern Finland, late on Thursday, Finnish media reported on Friday.

Between 30 and 40 demonstrators, one in a white robe like those worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan in the United States, waved the Finnish flag and shouted abuse at the bus.

Some demonstrators also hurled stones and let off fireworks at the vehicle carrying 40 asylum seekers, including several young children, Finnish television YLE said.

Meanwhile, a petrol bomb was thrown at another reception center in Kouvola, also in southern Finland, police said. No one was known to be hurt in the incidents.

Montenegro prepares for migrants influx
Podgorica (Montenegro) (AFP) - Montenegro is preparing for the likely influx of migrants from Syria and beyond as they carve out a new path on their journey to Western Europe, the government said Friday.

"With the latest developments at Hungary's border (with Croatia) and the pressure on Macedonia and Serbia, it is possible that many refugees will choose to go through ... Montenegro," the government said in a statement.

The government of the tiny Balkans country has therefore been making provisions for its expected role in Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.

"Taking into account that 5,000 migrants are arriving in the Western Balkans on daily basis, Montenegro is preparing capacities to take in some 2,000," the government said in its statement.

From Montenegro, the migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, would then head towards the country's western neighbours Bosnia and Croatia, said Zeljko Sofranac, head of the national refugee agency.

"At one moment or another, the wave of migrants will no longer bypass Montenegro," he said.

Montenegro can be accessed from Albania, Serbia and Kosovo through mountains where the winters are harsh.

The country's border with Croatia is only 22-kilometres (14 miles) long, also mountainous and not easy to cross.

European Union member Croatia has had to handle a massive influx of refugees entering from across its eastern border over the past 10 days.

That route became popular with the desperate migrants after fellow EU member Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia.

Regional authorities in the southern Croatian town of Dubrovnik, on the Adriatic Coast, said they were also preparing for the expected new migrant route and said the were ready to handle some 3,000-5,000 refugees daily.

"We have information from several sources that migrants may choose the 'southern path' depending on weather conditions and if the complicated situation on the border with Hungary, and at border between Croatia and Serbia continues," local official Goran Cvjetinovic was quoted as saying by HINA state-run news agency.