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Migrant Influx May Give Europe's Far Right a Lift
"Germany, Sweden, and Austria deserve great credit for their willingness to accept refugees, but elsewhere on the Continent the reaction ranges from passivity to outright hostility," said Michael Haltzel, a visiting senior fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs who advised Joseph R. Biden Jr., now vice president, when he served in the Senate. "There is a considerable danger of overload. And I fear that the political beneficiaries in many countries will be right-wing ultranationalists."

...[Former prime minister] Bildt, of Sweden, says ... "But we have to find a coherent European response. Controlling the outer border of Schengen is vital to the system," he said, referring to the passport-free zone within Europe. "It is uncomfortable but necessary, and it needs to be done."

Migrants who survived shipwreck are grateful but disillusioned

Talks about some survivors of a shipwreck at Lampedusa. After suffering a horrible journey most of them advise their friends and families back home not to take the same route. Of course they don't listen.

A New Wave of Migrants Flees Iraq, Yearning for Europe

In recent weeks, the phenomenon has snowballed, as Iraqis track migrants on messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp and hear back from friends who have reached places like Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed migrants and has become a hero to many Iraqis. The stories Iraqis hear from relatives in Europe are often euphoric, and full of possibility.

"When you go to Europe, they treat you well, they give you a house, they pay you money, they take care of your health," said Ali Hattam Jassim, 37, whose brother recently arrived in Belgium. "We have so many friends there, and they tell us how great the life is."

At an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad they carried huge banners of Merkel as an example of 'good governance', threatening to leave. This is fucked.

German Quota System Highlights Possible Path and Pitfalls for Handling Crisis

So far, Germany has not had much success persuading its European partners to adopt a similar quota system for the whole of the European Union. Resistance to the proposal, and in many countries to the migrants themselves, ranges from outright hostile, like in Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe, to a more polite but equally hardened insistence on the right to "opt out" of such quotas, in Britain and Denmark.

The poorer Eastern European countries argue their societies cannot handle the burden of integrating thousands of largely Muslim refugees, and others insist that any system will just encourage more people to risk the hazardous trip to Europe.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Wed Sep 9th, 2015 at 05:39:09 PM EST
Migrant Influx May Give Europe's Far Right a Lift - The New York Times
Even in Sweden, he noted, which has been the European country most open to Syrian refugees and asylum seekers, the anti-immigration, anti-European Union Sweden Democrats are now ahead of the two largest parties in the opinion polls with about 25 percent

Just want to point out, that this was in a single Yougov poll. And Yougov does not start with getting a population sample, they rely on people registering for their web panel and supplying the correct information so that they can pull a sample from it. That makes it both statistically unreliable and vulnerable for coups.

The other polls has the Sweden Democrats around 18%, which is bad enough.

I don't think the current refugee crisis will benefit the Sweden Democrats though. The last week has shifted the focus away from the Sweden Democrats vs the rest of the parties to pro-refugee groups vs the government, which lands the Sweden Democrats on the sidelines.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 10th, 2015 at 04:16:15 AM EST
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I agree. I've been using the trains on Austria's Westbahn daily and haven't heard a single complaint about the refugees.
Which doesn't mean that the low faculty racists have disappeared but it does mean that they don't expect anyone to agree with them and so keep their drivel to themselves. In the case of Greece you couldn't go a week without hearing someone share his theory about why they are such fuck ups in a too loud voice.
by generic on Thu Sep 10th, 2015 at 05:34:45 AM EST
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