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The Refugee Situation in Europe

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By Christel Silver

Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty

Last October while visiting Munich, Germany, I had planned a train
trip to Salzburg, 
Austria, only to find out that all trains crossing the
border 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 agreement
without 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 Merkel
received 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 cities
when 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 helping
the situation. Now some neighboring countries blame the German 

Chancellor for encouraging the humongous flow of immigrants 
through their 
A new party, the “Alternative for
Germany,” (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 double

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?

Posted in:International and tagged: Europe
Posted by Christel Silver on July 27th, 2016 11:38 AM

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! 

Posted in:International
Posted by Christel Silver on June 22nd, 2016 11:02 AM


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!



Posted in:International
Posted by Christel Silver on July 21st, 2015 12:07 PM