Invasion of Europe news….
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that any Syrian who gets to Germany can apply for asylum there. Of course this is going to be great news for Italy and Greece in particular which are now bearing the greatest burden in the invasion by mostly Middle Easterners and Africans.
Gee, Germany might someday be called the New Syria!
This brief article at Time magazine reminds us that the present EU rule on asylum is that those who claim to be persecuted must apply for asylum in the first country they reach on the continent. They are not permitted to “asylum shop” for a better country, but of course they already are and that is what the pile-up is at Calais. Those migrants don’t want to apply to stay in France they want to get to the UK where they see they have better prospects for social services.
Merkel is reportedly getting love letters from Syrians. I fear that Obama will get jealous and want some for himself, love that is. So watch for it—-65,000 Syrians by the end of his term in office? See Obama praising Merkel, here.
Here is Time:
The new rule comes as Germany is witnessing a surge in attacks on refugee shelters.
In a move that will affect tens of thousands, Germany will now allow Syrian refugees to stay and apply for asylum instead of deporting them back to their country of arrival.
The Washington Post reports the country has decided to suspend a European Union rule, called the the Dublin Regulation, which says refugees are supposed to stay in the first European country of arrival until their asylum claims are processed. This rule places an unequal burden on Southern European countries like Greece and Italy, which are amongst the easiest to reach by boat from across the Mediterranean. Both Italy and Greece have faced unprecedented levels of migrant inflow this past year.
Under the new policy, even if the refugees first arrive in Greece or Italy but travel northwards to Germany, they will not be deported back to their first country of contact.
Can you hear the sound of marching feet toward the German border? Italy and Greece will likely soon be sending busloads northward!
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Related update: The Irish government apparently has some good sense and Merkel doesn’t like it!