Many EU countries report new problems with immigrants

Though largely under-reported, the media is beginning to take notice of the ever-growing Middle East immigration crisis gripping Europe. From Sweden to Greece the problems are getting worse, not better.

2015 photo of Syrian and Iraqi immigrants arriving on the shores of Greece. (Image via Wikipedia entry on European "migrant" crisis, CC 4.0 license)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, March 10, 2016 – Not only is the migrant crisis in Europe getting worse. It is also expanding with no relief in sight. For weeks Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs has been reporting incident after incident involving refugees attacking innocent women throughout Sweden, but the problem is also spreading across Europe.

Breitbart News devoted practically its entire online home page to disturbing new reports of violence and disruption by migrants in Hungary, Denmark, Austria and Greece.

In Hungary, Sandor Pinter, the minister of Interior, officially declared Budapest in a state of emergency while sending thousands of military personnel to the border of Hungary and Romania. Concerns are rising that migrants will use Romania and Bulgaria as gateways to Hungary, with tens of thousands of refugees who have been stuck in Greece entering the country along the border of Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, Austria has also reported recent uprisings in some of their refugee camps. A new report from the alpine country reveals that an average 55 out of every 100 people seeking asylum in Austria have committed criminal offenses. Most of the criminal activity has been linked to Algerians, who were also said to be responsible for the majority of the mass New Year’s Eve assaults in Cologne, Germany.

According to the report, Algerians commit 155 crimes per 100 refugees, followed closely by Georgians with 151 and Nigerians at 129. Currently, Syrians are much lower in the statistics, with only eight offenses per 100. However, there is a major asterisk in these findings because the report does not include the influx of immigrants that took place during 2015. Current statistics are available only to the end of 2014, which does not take into consideration the most recent influx of Syrians.

Also noted in the report: 80 percent of the perpetrators were young men.

Danish foreign minister Kristian Jensen blamed Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday for underestimating the number of refugees who have invaded Europe due to its former open door policy.

For their part, Denmark and Sweden have reintroduced border checks, hoping to implement some measure of control in their countries. But Jensen claims the massive increase in the sheer number of refugees is the result of Germany’s miscalculations in accepting the immigrants.

Speaking in Washington to a gathering of people at a U.S. think tank, Jensen said, “I think that Merkel has been surprised by the number of refugees coming to Germany. She thought this was a crisis that would fade out.”

Merkel’s immigration policies have placed the German leader under intense domestic pressure to deal with the massive immigration crisis. in that sense, Jensen said, she is now doing a “tremendously good job,” although her current efforts may be too little, too late.

Reporting from Brussels, Reuters stated that nearly a half a million migrants traveled into Greece during the last three months of 2015 without using regular crossing points. Between October and December, data from Frontex, the EU border agency, showed that 484,000 migrants took the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece while another 466,00 used the Western Balkan route.

In the city of Ostersund in northern Sweden, police have warned women about going out alone after dark. Despite the police warning, the mayor of the city disputed the idea even though there have been six reports of violence against women since Feb. 20.

In the Swedish capital of Stockholm, police admitted they had covered up countless allegations of abuse by asylum seekers during a music festival in January. The excuse given was that they wished to avoid “far-right sentiment” being spread throughout the city.

Later in January, an estimated 100 masked Swedish men took to the streets vigilante-style to retaliate against immigrants in an effort to protect citizens from attacks by foreigners.

Taken individually, the refugee problems in Europe may seem controllable in specific regions. But, given the growing number of reports from an increasing number of cities and countries, it appears that little if anything is being done to productively halt the influx of criminal activity caused by Middle Eastern refugees.

Even the newly intensified efforts to deal with the crisis may not be enough to stop the relentless flow of humanity from the Middle East into the West. Add in the seemingly insurmountable divide between eastern and western cultures, and this unrestricted flow of often hostile immigrants can only be a recipe for disaster throughout the European Union.

That so much coverage is coming forth at the same time is an indication that when it comes to Europe’s current massive influx of often hostile immigrants, whatever is happening there is not happening for the best.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (

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