Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (December 29, 2015)

European border guard agency sends reinforcements to Greece
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's border guard agency Frontex says it is deploying 293 officers and 15 vessels to the Greek islands in response to a request from Athens for assistance in managing an "unprecedented migratory pressure."

Frontex said Tuesday the deployment began the day before under a new operation called Poseidon Rapid Intervention. Greece has requested more assistance in surveying its borders that are part of the EU's external borders, the Warsaw-based Frontex said.

Thousands of asylum-seekers are arriving by boat on the Greek islands from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Frontex officers, interpreters and document experts will assist in identifying and fingerprinting the arriving migrants.

Frontex said it aims to scale up the mission in Greece over time to 400 officers with vessels, vehicles and other technical equipment.

Norway proposes stricter asylum rules
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's center-right government on Tuesday proposed tightening the country's asylum rules to avoid what the immigration minister described as "violent consequences" for the country's welfare system.

The measures, which would need parliamentary approval, include making it more difficult for refugees to bring family members to Norway and raising the requirements for permanent residence permits.

The move comes after more than 30,000 asylum-seekers sought shelter this year in the wealthy country of 5.1 million people. Immigration Minister Sylvie Listhaug, of the right-wing Progress Party, noted that's one of the highest numbers in Europe in relation to population size.

She said 10,000 to 100,000 people are expected to apply for asylum in Norway in 2016.

"If we are anywhere near the latter number it could have violent consequences for our welfare society," Listhaug was quoted as saying by Norwegian news agency NTB.

Refugees are entitled to many of the same welfare benefits as Norwegians.