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?