Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (November 17, 2015)

UN refugee agency: So what if Paris suicide bomber posed as a Syrian refugee?
The U.N. refugee agency says refugees mustn't be made scapegoats following the attacks in France.

One suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the French national soccer stadium in Paris was found with a Syrian passport, and prosecutors say his fingerprints match those of someone who passed through Greece in October.

Some European and American politicians have called for a halt to migrants coming due to security fears. But U.N. spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said Tuesday her agency was "deeply disturbed by language that demonizes refugees as a group."

She said in Geneva that many of the migrants "are fleeing extremism and terrorism from the very people associated with the Paris attacks" and called for improved registration and vetting procedures to address security concerns.

Hungary to sue European Union over mandatory distribution quotas for Muslim migrants
Hungary's justice minister says the country will sue the European Union regarding a mandatory plan to distribute refugees among members of the bloc.

Laszlo Trocsanyi said that the lawsuit would be filed in December, after parliament approved a bill Tuesday morning compelling the government to launch the legal challenge.

Trocsanyi said the EU quota plan went against the will of the majority of Europe's citizens and violated Hungary's sovereignty because each state should be allowed to decide who it allows into the country. He also expects other countries which oppose the quotas to join Hungary's legal action.

Trocsanyi said that while Hungary, with nearly 10 million people, would get 2,000 refugees based on the current plan, that figure could increase as the number of refugees arriving in Europe grows.

Poland accuses Germany of arrogance
Poland's new interior minister has lashed out at the head of the European Parliament, calling Martin Schulz's words about Poland's migrant policies "another example of German arrogance."

Mariusz Blaszczak, interior minister in the right-wing Law and Justice government that was sworn in Monday, also brought up the fact that Germany destroyed Warsaw during World War II. Polish rhetoric stressing Poland's historical grievances against Germany became a hallmark of Law and Justice's last government, from 2005 to 2007. It was language that caused political tensions between the two neighbors.

Blaszczak spoke on Tuesday in reaction to recent criticism by Schulz, adding he "is detached from reality."

Schulz had criticized the wavering resolve of Poland after the Paris attacks to take 7,000 refugees as part of an EU plan.

Croatia will close its borders to Muslim migrants if Germany does so as well
Croatia's police chief says the country will close its borders to migrants if Germany shuts its door as well.

Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said Tuesday that for now Germany is accepting about 6,500 people a day, which makes the flow across the Balkans fairly calm.

There are fears in the Balkans that Austria and Slovenia may restrict the flow in the wake of the Paris attacks last week, which could leave tens of thousands of people stranded in the region. Most of the migrants just want to pass through and reach Germany.

Fears of the closure of the EU borders have risen since French investigators determined that one of the Paris suicide bombers passed the Balkan corridor in October.

The group of 100, consisting mainly of families, is the first in a total of 20,000 Syrians who the government committed to house until 2020.

The Syrians arriving today will fly into Glasgow Airport and are expected to be resettled by local authorities across Scotland. They come mainly from refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan after fleeing war in their homeland.

More Syrians are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Scotland will take between 350.

David Cameron today said 1,000 refugees would be resettled in Britain before Christmas.

He said: "I'm confident they will be well looked after."

They will be settled in homes across the UK with the help of local authorities.

The Home Office told Express.co.uk that the UK's commitment to grant asylum to 20,000 Syrian refugees until 2020 remains unchanged, and that there has been no indication so far that the British government will waiver in that commitment.

Elsewhere in Europe, especially following the Paris terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 on Friday, governments are not feeling as benevolent.