What Happens When Muslims Flee the Middle East at the Same Time that Muslims are Fleeing Hillary’s Kosovo Success
A refugee riot puts a German town on edge (Washington Post, Oct. 1, by Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet)
CALDEN, Germany — This German town renowned for its rococo palace threw open its doors to arriving waves of refugees. Donations from clothing drives filled four garages. The volunteer fire department pitched in to build a tent city at the airport that now teems with 1,400 migrants.
But like other Germans in a country that has rolled out the welcome mat for Europe’s largest wave of asylum seekers since World War II, residents here are having second thoughts.
That is especially true after the riot. In this quaint municipality of 3,000 inhabitants, the chaos started at lunchtime Sunday when a 19-year-old Albanian cut in the food line at the town’s new tent city, prompting a reprimand from a 43-year-old Pakistani. Pushes degenerated into punches. Soon, 300 migrants wielding pepper spray and metal pipes were attacking each other in rival mobs.
A caravan of ambulances and SWAT team vans careened down streets lined with gawking residents. More than 50 police officers struggled for hours to restore order, with three hospitalized with injuries, according to witnesses and local officials.
“You know, when the refugees started coming, I was one of those who saw people needing help and I thought we have to help,” said Harry Kloska, 46, a shaggy-haired instructor in the skydiving club based at the airport. He and his stunned clients huddled inside his office as the violence flared, Kloska said.
Germany is the single largest destination for the asylum seekers pouring into Europe, taking in more than half a million so far this year.
In Calden, 242 miles southwest of Berlin, the tent-camp riot over the weekend followed another incident in August in which Syrian and Albanian asylum seekers clashed.
Local police say there has been no noticeable increase in overall crime. [Give them a minute!] Nevertheless, nervous residents say they have started locking their doors at night. In town, one mother angrily complained that the newcomers sexually harassed her 17-year old daughter at a bus stop. “Of course we are afraid,” she said.
Mayor Maik Mackewitz said “several young women” have stopped jogging in the nearby woods “because they are afraid of all these groups of men walking around.”
Boy if that don’t sound familiar. A refrain starts to form in the mind: We are all Kosovo now…
The local Edeka grocery store, meanwhile, has hired security guards for the first time because of concerns that refugees open packages of food without paying, the mayor said. On a recent afternoon, the store’s new guards were unsuccessfully trying to eject six beer-drinking Albanian migrants from a bench in the parking lot as two elderly German women tut-tutted nearby.
“It’s chaos,” Mackewitz, 38, a former officer in the German army, said at the entrance to the refugee camp.
…A group of Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian men [in the central city of Suhl], officials say, chased the Christian man after he tried to flush pages of the Koran down the toilet at a refugee center. Six police officers were wounded trying to stop the mob.
“This has been a big shock,” said Fred Jaeger, the Suhl police spokesman. “Never before have our police been physically attacked like this.”
“There is no security, no safety here [at the camp in Calden]; nobody knows what’s happening or who to ask for what,” complained Salim Firas Shafeeq al Omari, a 40-year-old Iraqi who said he sheltered two Pakistani youths in his tent during the riot to save them from gangs of Albanians going tent to tent. “Of course there are going to be problems.”
Pakistanis need sheltering from Albanians. You got it?
The article above came with a graph showing refugees’ countries of origin and the countries taking them. If you count them up, you find there are almost a third as many Albanians fleeing their achievement, Kosovo, as there are people fleeing Syria. The number of proud but fleeing “Kosovars” is about the same as the number of fleeing Afghanis.
EU Shuts the Door on Kosovans Dreaming of a New Life (AFP, Sept. 26, 2015)
(I thought Kosovo was supposed to give them that new life. Washington still says Kosovo independence is a fix-all.)
They don’t come from a war zone, they’re not fleeing persecution, and the EU doesn’t want them. [Well, they are fleeing their own victory, their hard-won prize.] But for thousands of Kosovans fleeing unemployment and poverty, northern Europe is the only place to go.
As Europe creaks under the weight of a massive influx of refugees and migrants, it is the plight of those fleeing bloody conflicts in the Middle East that have captured the public’s attention.
But among the masses are thousands from the Balkans escaping economic misery.
“There is no law or regulation that can prevent the poor, the unemployed and the hungry from trying to find a better life,” says 26-year-old Mirnije Fejzullahu, an out-of-work lawyer from Pristina.
[But isn’t that what all the Serb-killing was about?]
“If it is not possible here, they will seek it in the European Union,” she told AFP.
[Watch out, EU. As with Yugoslavia, they’ve come for your better life. Except as with Yugoslavia, they might again try to make it even better. And you’ll have to hightail it out of there. And then a decade later they’ll hightail it out of there themselves.]
Like many Kosovans, Etem Bajrami has no job but must still find a way to feed his two young children, and he sees no future for his family in this impoverished country of 1.8 million.
“Here, nobody cares about our destiny,” says this 29-year-old technician.
“That’s why I will try to travel to the EU.”
[Ah, so an Albanian realizes it was never about improving life for the individual Albanian. He was just supposed to cheer on the collective. Like a good little Borg.]
Many are hoping to reach Germany, which is seen by many as the promised land.
Of the 200,000 asylum requests made in Germany in the first half of this year, 40 percent were filed by people from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. But the numbers of people arriving have exploded over the summer, with Berlin now saying it expects over a million asylum applications by the year’s end.
The numbers of Kosovans seeking asylum there have soared from 3,000 in the first half of 2014 to 32,000 in the same period this year, while Albanian asylum requests leapt from 4,500 to 29,000.
[So if you add the Albanians to the Albanians, you get 61,000 this year fleeing the Greater Albanian paradise.]
But as Europe struggles to cope with a never-ending flow of newcomers, the EU is taking steps to separate those fleeing war from those fleeing economic hardship, setting up reception centres to determine who is a bona fide refugee, and proposing a list of “safe countries of origin” to which migrants can be returned because there is little risk of persecution.
The proposed list would include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Since late last year, Kosovo has witnessed an exodus of an estimated 50,000 people, driven out by an economic crisis in a country where four out of 10 people live below the poverty line and unemployment stands at around 40 percent.
It is the biggest number of departures since the end of the 1998-1999 war, reflecting widespread disillusionment among the population just seven years after Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared independence.
[Who could have seen that coming?!]
Despite heavy investment in infrastructure, Pristina has failed to establish a clear and effective economic policy, leaving it heavily dependent on international aid.
Many people have simply given up and hit the road west, with Eurostat figures showing that in 2014, Kosovo was the third biggest source of asylum requests after Syria and Afghanistan.
“Germans pay your stay at the reception centres, a monthly sum that far exceeds our income at home,” he said.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic suggested recently that Germany should “significantly reduce” its financial assistance to migrants from the Balkans, saying it would solve the problem of economic migration “very quickly”.
Germany is also speeding up the procedure for examining applications from the Balkans, and in the first seven months of the year it deported 9,915 people.
Several countries have welcomed their inclusion on a safe list, with Pristina saying it would send “a powerful message”…[S]o far this year, around 14,600 Kosovans had been repatriated from around the EU, up from 4,600 in 2014. […]
So they were forced back to their Albanian paradise. And what are they to admit now about Kosovo? That the Albanians’ problems didn’t lie with any outside “oppressors” but with Albanians themselves?