Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria.
The EU logged 213,000 arrivals in April, May and June but only 44,000 of them were fleeing the Syrian civil war.
Campaigners and left-wing MPs have suggested the vast majority of migrants are from the war-torn state, accusing the Government of doing too little to help them.
‘This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria,’ said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. ‘Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.
‘Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.’
Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: ‘These figures make extremely disturbing reading. The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.’
The figures from Eurostat, the EU’s official statistical agency, show that migration from April to June was running at double the level of the same period in 2014.
The number of Afghans lodging asylum claims is up four-fold, from 6,300 to 27,000. Another 17,700 claims were made by Albanians, whose country is at peace.
A further 13,900 applicants came from Iraq which, like Syria, is being torn apart by the Islamic State terror group.
Half a million migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year, with 156,000 coming in August alone. Rather than claiming asylum in the first safe EU country they reach, most head on toward wealthy northern states. The human cost of the crisis has been paid by the estimated 3,000 migrants who have drowned after putting their lives in the hands of people smugglers for the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean.
Risks being taken by many families were highlighted by the deaths of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip, five, whose bodies were washed up on the tourist beach of Bodrum in Turkey earlier this month.
More than 250,000 migrants have reached Greece and Italy, where the authorities are close to breaking point.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel fuelled the chaos last month by declaring that any Syrian who reached the country could claim asylum.
When the numbers became uncontrollable Berlin shut its borders, throwing Austria, Hungary and other EU countries into turmoil.
Croatia has received 14,000 migrants in the past two days and was last night moving some to the Hungarian border.
Hungary is laying razor wire on the border having done the same on its border with Serbia.
Croatia has closed seven of eight road crossings to Serbia and ordered its border guards to redirect migrants to Hungary and Slovenia. The Hungarian government described this as ‘totally unacceptable’.
Violence broke out yesterday between Syrian and Afghan migrants fighting to board trains across Croatia.
And Slovenian riot police last night stood in the path of 200 migrants trying to enter from Croatia. Slovenian ministers say they will accept asylum seekers but send back anyone deemed to be an illegal immigrant.
Britain, which received 7,470 asylum applications between April and June, has come under fire for failing to join an EU scheme to spread 160,000 migrants between the 28 member states.
Today these new ”citizens” of Germany were ”feeling their oats.”
They called for an end to OCTOBERFEST because 1. Drinking beer and 2. Unislamic.
They wrote to the City Council of Munich (where most of them are located)
Kind of like what Mexico does with immigrants that come into their country.
Germany should simply shut down all Muslim immigration. If they can’t see what’s coming, they deserve what they get. Like us.
It might surprise you, Bill, but I agree with you 100% on this.
Here’s why we have no business what-so-ever interfering in the Middle-East:
If you had the good fortune of going to college and taking a required “History of Western Civilization” course or two, you’d have been exposed to the fact that the significantly separated geographic regions of the world did not all develop the same way. “Western” civilization “evolved” from intellectual traditions developed predominantly in ancient Greece and Rome, with religious influence coming predominantly from Christianity. Muslim civilization did not germinate from these seeds. (For that matter, just about ALL of the rest of the world had relatively little interest in what Western Civilization had to offer, at least not until OUR “Industrial Revolution” gave us the strength to dominate the lot of them.) It is this profound difference – of development, of culture, of thought – that is at the heart of the conflict between our respective cultures. We don’t think the same.
I was laughling and crying the other day when a friend was telling me about a problem our Armed Forces officers were encountering in Afghanistan while they were trying to train Afghan officers in the various arts of warfare. Seems that most of the Afghan officers maintain “Tea Boys.” These are young lads that the Afghan officers use to satisfy their sexual desires, and some of the higher-ranking officers have whole harems of them in attendance to their desire. It was particularly bothersome to some of the more conservative American officers that the painful cries of boys being penetrated could be heard in the officers’ quarters at night, and this prompted some of “ours” to “beat up” one of “theirs”. One of the Tea Boys promptly shot one of the attackers to death. Our officers were told not to interfere with “their” customs, but perhaps you can see how this might rub roughly on a conscience sensitized to the concept of “religious freedom.”
I think that Rand Paul is at least on the right track when he advocates for less “involvement” in foreign affairs. I don’t have a problem nuking the crap out of someone who has attacked us, but we have no business planting ourselves in someone else’s country for the purpose of “peace-keeping” or “nation-building” or “fighting terrorism on THEIR soil instead of our own.” We don’t belong THERE. They don’t belong HERE.
The idea that the countries of Western Civilization can, in a heroic gesture of humanitarianism, somehow rescue the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of refugees who would love nothing better than to escape the oppression they experience at home is a futile and potentially self-destructive delusion of catastrophic proportion. There is no way to vet these numbers of refugees. Look at the experience of the European countries who have allowed Muslim immigration in large numbers. GOOD GRIEF!
Isn’t that enough of a reason to NOT allow it to happen here?
What are Liberals OR Conservatives who support this immigration thinking?
These refugees aren’t looking to “assimilate.”
They’re looking to escape. Guess what. Not here.
These hundreds of thousands (and potentially many MILLIONS) of refugees need to turn around and put a little spine into their effort and direct it toward taking back control of the countries that they LOST. They need to EARN the right to live in peace, and they need to do it where they live, not here.
An interactive graphic map, showing the rate of flow of asylum seekers into Europe since 2012. Each moving point represents 25 people. The extent of the migration is unprecedented. Scroll down to the map at the bottom of the page.