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Archive for October 14th, 2018

Two weeks in to the fiscal year, Maryland moves to the top of the list for the most refugees resettled

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 14, 2018

I had told myself that I was going to be more diligent in checking data this year as refugees were being placed by the Trump Administration.

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Eritreans make up one of the largest groups attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The first arrivals were reported here four days ago.

So, when I checked just now I was surprised to see that Maryland, which usually comes in in the middle of the pack, had moved to the number one state for resettlement so far.

Granted we are only talking about 30 refugees out of a total of 274 that have arrived in the US since October 1, but I think it is worth mentioning.

Eritrea map

The Trump Administration is prioritizing Africa for resettlement to the US this year.    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/trump-administration-to-prioritize-africans-in-fy19-refugee-admissions-to-us/

Using the interactive data reports at Wrapsnet, here is what I learned.

Forty Eritreans entered the US in the last two weeks and 25 of them were placed in Maryland. 

Additionally Maryland received 5 from the DR Congo.

Baltimore was the resettlement city for all of the Congolese and all but three of the Eritreans.

Of course if you know anything about Maryland you are likely wondering what the heck are they going to do for jobs in Baltimore (no meatpacking plants that I know of!).

We don’t know what religious affiliation the Eritreans who came to Maryland claim, but know that 17 out of the total 40 Eritreans who came to the US in the last 2 weeks are Muslims.

The usual reason given for why Eritreans are leaving their country is because the dictatorship there has mandatory military conscription.  Because of that, you get new neighbors!

(It has been awhile, but see a post I wrote about the diversity being added to a troubled Baltimore.)

 

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee Resettlement Program in Maryland, Resettlement cities, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 13 Comments »

Germany: On eve of important regional election, German Leftists of all stripes head to the streets

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 14, 2018

Invasion of Europe news…..

There was a massive (by all accounts) demonstration in Berlin yesterday, just as Bavarians in the south headed to the polls for a critical election today.

First, on the election, a sampling of headlines says it all!

At CNN:

Bavarians vote in election that may spell doom for Merkel

At Reuters:

Merkel’s Bavarian allies brace for bruising in state election

At The Express:

German Bavaria election polls: Angela Merkel IN CHAOS as Chancellor holds on by a thread

 

Berlin demonstration 2018

We are the World? Therein lies the problem!

 

But meanwhile in Berlin tens of thousands rallied for, well, everything! 

A hodge podge of Leftwing interest groups took to the streets ostensibly under a banner of opposition to racism and populism.  They want unity in Germany.

Underlying it all, of course, is the disastrous decision by the Merkel government to welcome hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to the country beginning in 2014-2015.

Not much hope of unity now!

From Deutsche Welle:

Berlin protests against far-right politics draw thousands

Over 200,000 people have taken to the streets of Berlin to face down the rise of far-right populism in Germany and Europe. The protesters were demanding more solidarity with marginalized groups.

Berlin produced an absurdly hot and sunny fall day on Saturday to welcome an estimated 240,000 people demonstrating against racism and calling for solidarity against the rise of far-right populism across Germany.

Berlin demonstrator

Julia Naji joined Saturday’s protest to represent Cycling Friends, a Berlin initiative that, among other things, runs cycling classes for refugees. “Today, people will meet up and show that we should fight against racism and homophobia as loudly and with as many people as possible,” she told DW.

A 5-kilometer (3-mile) stretch of the capital city’s center, from Alexanderplatz through the Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Column, had to be closed down to accommodate the huge parade, which was united under the hashtag #unteilbar (“indivisible”).

The crowds were punctuated by 40 trucks mounted with loudspeakers, some delivering political messages, others pumping out music of all genres. They also included the traditional Berlin staple: the techno truck surrounded by semi-clothed dancers. The march was bookended by two concert events, the second of which was expected to stretch into the evening.

All kinds of organizations joined in, including trade unions, NGOs, political parties (both mainstream and fringe), gay rights groups, schools and theaters, all carrying a variety of banners, each with their own cause to promote (Ryanair workers were a conspicuous presence), but all united behind the slogan: “Solidarity not marginalization.”

[….]

Senior government figures lent their support to the demonstration, most notably Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who tweeted: “It is a great signal that so many people are going on the streets and showing a clear position: We are indivisible. We won’t let ourselves be divided — certainly not by right-wing populists.”

More here.

See my ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive here. And, I have written dozens of posts on dear Deutschland, here.

‘We are the world’ reminded me of one of my favorite youtube spoofs—-We con the worldSee it here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, The Opposition | Tagged: | 6 Comments »

 
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