Message to Iraqi Muslim Refugees—go home (Part 1)
Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 6, 2007
I am going to be as blunt as Kevin Myers is in the post I wrote yesterday. Iraqi Muslims must go home to Iraq and fix their own country. We have Americans dying to give them a free country and they are running like rats to places like Sweden presumably to dip into the comfy life of a cradle to grave welfare system (not to mention the fact that they are surely bringing terrorism with them). Imagine if tens of thousands of Northerners and Southerners skipped out of the US during the Civil War here because things were too tough.
I repeat, we have Americans dying while Iraqis cower outside of Iraq!
This is from an AP story that appeared exactly one month ago in the International Herald Tribune:
Sweden, the top European destination for refugees from Iraq, will tighten its asylum rules and forcibly deport Iraqis who are denied permission to stay, immigration officials said Friday.
The announcement marked an abrupt change in the relatively lax immigration rules that had made Sweden a safe haven for thousands of Iraqis fleeing the chaos in their homeland.
“Sweden used to be positively unique. Now they’ve joined the rest of the gang,” said Bjarte Vandvik, Secretary-General of the European Council of Refugees and Exiles, or ECRE.
The Swedes stood out among Europeans for their welcoming attitude to refugees fleeing the bloodshed in Iraq. More than 18,000 Iraqis have arrived in Sweden seeking asylum since 2006, the highest number recorded in Europe.
Many of the refugees in Sweden have joined existing Iraqi communities in Sodertalje, south of Stockholm, and the southwestern port city of Malmo. Although they have generally kept a low profile and have been widely welcomed by Swedes, the influx has raised concerns over strains to Sweden’s generous social benefit system.
Poor Malmo, but that is a story for another day. Note the last line above, “the influx [18,000!] has raised concerns over strains to Sweden’s generous social benefit system.” I’m sure that is true. But, that isn’t the whole reason a country is ready to commit a United Nations sin. One of the biggest no-no’s in the refugee-saving business is refoulement, or returning a refugee to where they came from. It must be something important for liberal Sweden to be willing to take the heat from the big bad United Nations and begin deporting those poor downtrodden refugees.
They aren’t saying it here, but you can be sure that once the refugees arrived in Sweden it was discovered that many aren’t so poor and suffering afterall, and perhaps have other plans for the future of Sweden.
Look for Part 2 (Iraqis go home) later. I have some horse manure to shovel—literally!
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