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The Misery of Migrants in Europe

November 30, 2014
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Migrant conditions in America are not bad when compared to conditions in Europe.

Conflicts across the Middle East and Africa are driving refugees to seek safety in other countries. The number of people fleeing their homes has reached 50 million. That number is the largest since World War II.

The refugees come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.

Thousands are trying to get to England. The nearest jumping-off point is Calais, France. It is located just 21 miles across the English Channel from Great Britain.

It takes a tourist 35 minutes in an underwater train to get from Calais to England. For a refugee, it means, “braving coils of barbed wire, clouds of tear gas and a journey wedged between a truck’s axle and the racing pavement.”

Most of the refugees in Calais come from English-speaking African countries. They have friends and family in England. They live in dire conditions in their homelands.

Britain and France keep tightening security. Neither country wants the migrants. Efforts to give aid and comfort to the migrants are quickly stopped. Policies are intended to make the life of the refugees as miserable as possible, so they will leave.

French residents of Calais want the army called in to clean out the migrant camps. They are demanding control of what they regard as a “violent refugee population.”

Britain is trying to help Calais. It has given the city $19 million. The money is not to help migrants. It is to be used to increase security so fewer migrants will try to cross to England.

In general, Europe is doing a poor job dealing with the migrants. About 130,000 migrants have arrived in the last year. Thousands have died en route. The most first land in Italy, Spain and Greece. Those countries are too poor to bring the refugees into their economies.

Source: The Washington Post November 26, 2014

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