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Migrant Crisis in the EU: Germany and Hungary Can’t Take Anymore

Migrant Crisis in the EU: Germany and Hungary Can’t Take Anymore
September 15
14:10 2015

War continues to rage in Syria as refugees flee by the tens of thousands, most of them headed towards economically sound Germany. What they don’t realize is that if they don’t spread themselves amongst different countries, the places to which they flee will collapse under the strain and prove to be no more hospitable than their war-torn homeland.

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, over four million refugees have fled their homes looking for a better, safer life. Turkey was the most popular destination as of February 2015, having played host to more than two million refugees.

As Turkey filled up, refugees moved on to Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and further into European Union countries. By August of this year, Germany had taken in an estimated 89,000 refugees; Sweden had accepted 62,000. 

Things starting getting worse a few months ago. According to the Dublin Regulation, any person filing for asylum in a E.U. country will be returned to that country if they are caught crossing illegally into another country. This June, Hungary became so overwhelmed with migrants that the country stopped receiving applicants who had crossed into other countries. Germany decided to take matters into its own hands, suspending the Dublin Regulation and processing applications itself.

Germany shocked the rest of the world earlier this week when it decided to temporarily suspend the decades-old Schengen Agreement, closing its borders and halting all inbound trains from Austria. According to locals, the city of Munich is on the brink of collapse. “It is very clear that we have reached the upper limit of our capacity,” said a Munich policeman.

Many fear that if the tide of refugees flooding into Germany continues unchecked, Muslim lifestyle will erase German culture – not to mention the effect it will have on the country’s economy. Despite what you may see in the media, the majority of these refugees are young Syrian men. Many German citizens fear that this “humanitarian crisis” is really an invasion force in disguise.

“At this moment Germany is temporarily introducing border controls again along internal borders. The focus will be on the border to Austria at first,” said German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere. “The aim of these measures is to limit the current inflows to Germany and to return to orderly procedures when people enter the country.”

Maiziere did not specify how long the country would remain closed, but assured the rest of the world that Germany would reopen “as soon as feasible.” While Germany absorbed as many refugees as possible (450,000) before sealing itself off, Hungary wasn’t so nice.

Hungary Anti-Migrant FenceHungary began erecting a razor wire fence weeks ago in an effort to keep refugees out, even though most of them were just passing through on their way to Germany. When completed, the fence will rise 13 feet into the air and span 110 miles along the border between Serbia and Hungary. The country was quick to pass legislation allowing law enforcement to imprison or expel anyone caught damaging the fence.

While the left-wing New York Times condemned Hungary for its hostile attitude and unwillingness to help, the Hungarian Prime Minister explained that keeping the Syrians out is the only way to protect Ukraine’s Christian faith:

“Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe,” wrote Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a German newspaper. “Europe’s response is madness.”

“Those arriving have been raised in another religion and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims,” he said. “This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? There is no alternative, and we have no option but to defend our borders.”

He has a good point.

Orbán continued by laying some of the blame on Germany: “The problem is not a European problem, the problem is a German problem,” he said, attacking Europe’s asylum quotas as an “invitation” to migrants.

Despite criticism from other countries, Orbán stands firm with the belief that controlling his country’s borders is the only way to protect the sacred Christian culture within. “Please, don’t criticize Hungary for doing what is compulsory to be done,” pleads Orbán. “Hungary did everything possible in order to keep the regulations. We create just now in the Hungarian parliament a new package of regulations, we set up a physical barrier and all these together can provide a new situation in Hungary and in Europe from 15 September.”

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