In the past few years, thousands have fled to Europe in an effort to escape violence in Africa and the Middle East. The European Union’s (EU) open-border policy currently allows anyone traveling throughout the Union to do so without needing a visa. Unfortunately, some of the immigrants entering Europe are bringing violence with them. As a consequence, many locals are unwilling to accept potentially dangerous individuals into their country.
Despite the chaos happening in Sweden, there does not appear to be a slowing of immigrants. In fact, according to an anonymous source, Hungary and Poland have recently been given an ultimatum. They must either begin accepting refugees, or they will be expelled from the EU. Fortunately, the leaders of both countries appear indignant.
According to an article released by The Times, a senior diplomatic official told reporters that if the two countries do not open their borders, “they will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not?” He added, “you cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price,” suggesting that if the countries want the benefits of being in the Union, they must abide by their policies, even if they have been shown to be harmful.
In the next few weeks, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will decide whether or not migrant quotas are legal. Many, including the anonymous diplomat, believed the ruling to be against the two countries. “We are confident that the ECJ will confirm validation,” the source said. “Then they must abide by the decision. If they don’t then they will face consequences, both financial and political. No more opt-outs. There is no more ‘one foot in and one foot out’. We are going to be very tough on this.”
Despite these threats, both Poland and Hungary are not interested in jeopardizing the safety of their citizens. Poland’s leadership, the conservative Law and Justice Party, recently won their election thanks in large part to their anti-immigration stance. Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has likewise been vocal about creeping Islamism. He recently issued a warning, arguing that migrants will “spread terrorism around Europe” if their admittance is continued. Hungary challenged the EU, arguing that it is both culturally and constitutionally unreasonable to force refugees on unwilling countries within the Union.
Also, towards the end of 2016, Orban argued that Hungary has “had the opportunity to learn from Western Europe’s mistakes,” adding, “Hungary is a stable island in the turbulent western world because the people were consulted on their opinions here, and we defended the country against illegal immigration.” His comments are referring to the recent immigration problems many developed countries, such as Germany and Sweden, are experiencing.
Despite being supported by unfortunate facts, many in the Western world have condemned him. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated, “Any society, anywhere in the world, will be diverse in the future — that’s the future of the world.” Continuing, he said, “so [Central European countries] will have to get used to that. They need political leaders who have the courage to explain that to their population instead of playing into the fears as I’ve seen Mr. Orban doing in the last couple of months.”
But the Hungarian government is determined to keep its citizens safe. In an effort to curb unwanted threats, they’ve recently passed legislation allowing them to hold captured immigrants, who have entered the country illegally, in detention centers. Their new policy gives authorities at the border the power to detain asylum-seekers indefinitely and hold them in converted shipping containers until their deportation cases are heard. The Prime Minister claims it’ll help keep Europe safe, but the U.N. has called it illegal.
This policy is in response to Europe’s major immigration problem. Nearly thirteen thousand refugees were crossing their border daily back in 2015. However, since cracking down on illegal immigration, eight thousand illegal aliens are awaiting trial in a local detention center. Currently, only ten people are allowed to enter the country a day. As a result, many in the country are living with much less fear. It may be wise for Trump to implement some of Hungary’s wise legislation.
Because of the recent asylum-seekers, Europe has experienced an incredible amount of problems. Once inside many refuse to assimilate, causing tension and a rise in crime. Recently, three female police officers in Sweden were assaulted by a refugee suspected of arson. During what should have been a routine arrest, police officers ended up failing to detain the violent immigrant. The video of the attack can be seen below.
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The growing population of migrants created an unintended problem. As refugees continue to enter Europe without assimilating, “no-go” zones, which are areas with high levels of crime that are so dangerous cops are reluctant to enter, have started to arise. In February, it was reported that the dangerous areas have grown in number, increasing to fifty-five. As a consequence, Swedish law enforcement has become increasingly less capable of protecting the innocent. The problem is so extreme that many officers have even considered quitting.
There are also some reports of “morality police” roaming the streets of Sweden to make sure individuals walking along the street are behaving in accordance with the Quran. There have even been cases where filmmakers were attacked. This creeping oppression has caused many liberal feminists to speak out. The widely known feminist Nalin Pekgul, known for bringing attention to the risks women living in the suburbs face, now refuses to go to certain cities in the country. “In Tensta I am a known face and I had no desire to stir up trouble when I get harassed,” she says. According to her, “religious fundamentalists gained increasing space in the area and the place of women in the public sphere diminished.”