The Refugee Situation in Europe
Be sensitive –– Be educated
By Christel Silver
Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty
Last October while visiting Munich, Germany, I had planned a traintrip to Salzburg, Austria, only to find out that all trains crossing theborder to Austria had been cancelled due to the enormous refugee/asylum entry from Austria. Part of the European
Union (EU) agreement was to allow crossing the borders of all
European Countries participating in the Schengen agreementwithout control.
These were temporary border controls - not closures.I would assume this was a precautionary measure during the Oktoberfest only, as the trains were running again shortly
The Germans were welcoming over one million refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq. The German chancellor Angela Merkelreceived international applause. But I observed a change in their attitude at the end of the year. The attitudes were changing all over
I noticed a sticker in Salzburg: “Refugees Welcome” but it was glued to a trashcan. Was this done on purpose or accidently?
Incidents occurred on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other citieswhen young German women were sexually assaulted by asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.
The authorities failed to present these incidents because of“political correctness.”
Gymnasiums at elementary schools are used to house hundreds of asylum seekers – the boy refusing to shake hands with his female
with his female teacher - the male adult turning their back towards a female politician visiting a refuge camp. These are minor incidents but there are many more and they are not helpingthe situation. Now some neighboring countries blame the German
Chancellor for encouraging the humongous flow of immigrants through their states. A new party, the “Alternative forGermany,” (AfD) is getting bigger and stronger: The AfD was founded as a center-right conservative party of the middle class: against the Euro - against the refugees - against gay marriage. Their local election results are in the doubledigits.
Austria and Italy are talking about closing their borders. Britain decided to leave the EU. Will we see other European Countries leaving?
In August/September of 2017 Germany has elections. The AfD did not have enough votes to get a seat in the Bundestag last elections. Will this change next year?
On June 23, 2016 Great Britain will have a historical referendum to vote whether to stay in the European Union (EU) or not. This event is called BREXIT (a combination of Britain and Exit). At the moment it seems there is a possibility for an exit. But what does this mean?
Polling the people, it appears that the main reason is how the EU is handling the refugee crisis and the fear of losing employment due to the increased social benefits for the refugees. But Great Britain always has not been a tight member for the EU: they did not join the conversion to the Euro – their currency is still the Pound, and they never joined the Schengen-Agreement - an open border agreement for EU countries. They are seeing the benefits of the EU mainly in the free trade zone with economic benefits.
So far no large country exited the EU – the only country exiting the EU is Greenland. But there is also a growing unhappiness among the European countries visible. There are new parties in France and Germany – if growing – there could be an increased movement against the EU. If there is an exit of Great Britain, a possible for tax increase for goods and stricter regulations is eminent, which could translate in losing jobs. This is one reason for voting NO!
There is another interesting factor: Scotland is very much in favor for staying in the EU –
If the vote on June 23rd is in favor of an exit, a split between Scotland and England is possible. The vote for separation last year was very marginal. Staying in the EU for Scotland if Britain is exiting might change the outcome of the separation!
Therefor the outcome of this referendum has many consequences and it will be interesting to see!
How can I live, work and retire in the US?
There are different ways, one being winning in the green card lottery.
But one possibility is the $500,000 EB5 Visa (Green Card) Program in the State of Florida for Foreign Entrepreneurs seeking United States Permanent Residence.
This is a direct route to a Green Card. The Permanent Residency in the United States for you, your spouse and any children under the age of 21. The children could also take advantage of attending a college/university at US resident costs. After having a Green Card for 5 years you are entitled to apply for US Citizenship if so desired.
Why is it only $500,000?
An EB-5 investor is required by law to invest a minimum of $1 million, unless the investment is located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA)—a rural area or area of high-unemployment designated by USCIS. Regional Centers funding projects in TEA’s can accept a minimum of $500,000 from each EB-5 investor.
All investment offerings made by EB-5 Regional Centers are subject to U.S. securities laws, enforced by state securities regulators and the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and it is very important to consult a CPA and an attorney
before making such investment. There are regional center in Florida!