Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Good Samaritan's Remorse

There were plenty of warm, fuzzy feelings for western European nations as they threw open their doors to a horde of refugees fleeing the hell on Earth of modern Syria. It's now turning out that some of those nations weren't quite the Good Samaritans we imagined.

Sweden has announced it intends to expel upwards of 80,000 asylum-seekers from the 163,000 who arrived in 2015. Where do you dump 80,000 people who have no place to go?

In neighbouring Denmark the government passed legislation authorizing the state to confiscate the valuables of refugees entering the country.

The Greek migration minister, Yiannis Mouzalas, claims his Belgian colleagues urged him to simply push arriving migrants back into the sea.

Meanwhile Britain's future in the European Union hangs by a thread even as Hungary and Poland embrace far rightwing nationalist populism.

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