True or fake refugees
Let us better talk about migrants, more specifically illegal migrants
10 February, 2017
For the past year and a half, politicians and the media have been incessantly talking about “refugees”, lumping together everyone that manages to get to Germany. Unfortunately, this attitude immensely complicates discussions on the topic. I often watch participants in debates on TV programmes get locked in heated argument, and not because they argue opposite positions but because they are actually referring to two completely different groups of people. This is why it is worth delving deeper into the term refugees. Refugees are only those people who have been forced to flee war or persecution. But how many of the people who have been flocking to Germany since 2015 were actually forced to flee war or persecution? Some portion of the Syrians definitely falls into that category, considering that their country has been torn by war for almost six years now. The people of Aleppo have it worst. But the truth is that not every corner of Syria is seeing action. The Afghanis compose the second-largest group among the people received by Germany. Yes, there are clashes in certain areas in Afghanistan but to talk about a war gripping the country would be unfounded. It is for that reason that the German government started turning back Afghanis whose applications for asylum have not been approved. We can safely assume that the 150,000 Afghanis who got to the coveted Germany in 2015 did not live in destitution before that. Otherwise, how would they have been able to pay the smugglers, who, as we know, charge hefty sums for their services? The mass migration was further incentivised by Germany, which proudly proclaimed that it would welcome all refugees and that it was able to fund the additional outlay thanks to its abundant tax revenues, not to mention by smugglers, who lure people with promises that everyone gets a house and a car once in Germany. Poor or otherwise, a large portion of the people who arrived in Germany in 2015 left their country voluntarily and not because they were forced to flee. In other words, they are not refugees in the strict, legal definition of the term, but simply migrants, more specifically illegal migrants. Moreover, many of the 60,000 unaccompanied under-age individuals turned out to have been born on the same date – 1 January 1999. In this category is also the Afghan man suspected for the rape and murder of a student in Freiburg, who prior to his arrival in Germany as a “refugee” served time in a Greek prison for assault on another young woman. The crime sheet of the Christmas market attacker in Berlin, Tunisian Anis Amri, also dates back before his arrival in Europe. The other group that took advantage of the unprecedented window of opportunity in the autumn and winter of 2015 was composed mainly of Africans, who resided in Spain and Italy in the years before that. Neither their rights nor their safety were at risk in those countries, which makes it hard to comprehend why Germany is spending taxpayer money on protracted procedures processing all those people’s applications for asylum. Maybe the answer is in Germany’s legislation on providing asylum, which puts trust in everyone who files such a claim. But how come a country that otherwise treats its own citizens with a healthy dose of scepticism simply forgets to apply the same approach to outsiders? We paid a high price for this gullibility as terrorists clearly infiltrated the so-called refugee flow. And the worst part is that we have no idea how many they are or how many have been able to sneak undetected and unregistered. Not to mention that about 50,000 of the registered ones are now missing.Some 70% of the aliens have no valid identification papers. It is another puzzling fact – do people simply forget their passport when they flee or lose it on the way but at the same time somehow manage to keep their cellphone? In other words, those claiming to be Syrian may very well be Moroccans and the Iraqis may turn out to be Tunisians.If Germany does not take serious steps to distinguish between true and fake refugees this year, I suggest that “refugee” be declared the anti-word of the year. Born in Beijing, Zhang Danhong has been living in Germany for the past 20 years. The article was originally published by DW.