Germany in a state of SIEGE: Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood’s changing
- Thousands of economic migrants are posing as refugees to reach Europe
- David Cameron said this week that Europe must said failed asylum claimants back to their countries
- Demands for Germany’s ‘open doors and windows’ policy to be scrapped
- Women said rape and child abuse were rife in Giessen’s refugee camp
By SUE REID IN GIESSEN, GERMANY
PUBLISHED: 18:27 EST, 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 19:29 EST, 25 September 2015
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Meanwhile, the migrants keep arriving. Many have deliberately thrown away their passports on their journey through Europe, so they can pretend to be Syrian refugees rather than economic migrants.
The authorities, now being urged by both the EU and Germany’s leaders to return those who aren’t genuine, are completely overwhelmed.
At Freilassing, on the border with Austria, I see hundreds of migrants waiting in teeming rain to reach Mrs Merkel’s promised land. Wrapped in see-through charity macs, they queue excitedly for soup. Most have travelled for weeks, from Turkey by boat to Greece, then via Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia to Austria.
‘We are nearly there,’ says Arun Ari, 27, grinning. He comes from the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State for two years.
He seems a deserving refugee among so many who are not, yet won’t show me his identity papers.
Deserving or not, he faces a tough future. Arun will be processed in one of the camps set up all over Germany in former military bases, school gymnasiums, sports halls, even a former monastery. Yet, just like him, almost every male migrant I meet is optimistic.
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And, if this is happening in Germany, then it must be happening here.
These communities show no signs of “assimilation”.
Wonder where it all ends.
Strife and mayhem?
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