cities&refugees_D9Europe is still willing to help refugees. Unlike the United States, there are currently no plans to ban all refugees from entering the European Union. Nevertheless, anti-immigration and anti-refugee political parties have been doing well in recent years and hope to make large gains in the upcoming French, German, and Dutch elections.

In order to take a closer look at the local impact of the refugee crisis, we launched our ‘Cities & Refugees‘ project – aimed at fostering a Europe-wide dialogue between citizens, refugees and asylum seekers, NGOs, politicians, and European leaders. The emphasis will be on connecting local, everyday life at the city level to decisions made in Brussels and national capitals.

This week, we’re looking at Brussels, Belgium. Brussels has not always been entirely successful in its integration efforts, with some people arguing that minorities end up socially and economically marginalised. Nevertheless, Brussels is also an excellent case study as one of the most international cities in the world, with 63% of citizens having been born outside of Belgium. So, what lessons can we learn (even if those lessons are what not to do)?

Curious to know more about refugees, immigration, and integration in Brussels? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).

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We had a comment from H.Gk., who argued that people are too close-minded about refugees, and that everybody should be given a chance to integrate into their new home.

To kick things off, we thought it would be a good idea to speak to some refugees directly. So, to get a response, we spoke to Sayf Shemsuldin Hamid, an Iraqi refugee now living in Brussels. What did he think was the key to integrating?

shamsFor me, the best method of integrating refugees into a society is language. We have to focus on education [and] we have to offer positive role-models in the form of earlier refugees, to show them that integration is possible. There are also many refugees who are well-educated and really want to integrate; they want to work and to restart their lives, but they face many obstacles. For example, getting their diplomas and qualifications recognised in Europe can be difficult…

To get another response, we also spoke to Zaid Khalid Mahmood, a 27-year-old musician (and refugee) originally from Mosul in Iraq. He came to Belgium in 2015 and was living in a Red Cross camp. He’s now studying a Masters Degree in English in Brussels, and is part of the Refugees Got Talent project, a not-for-profit promoting the creative and artistic output of refugees in Belgium. What have been his own experiences of integration?

zaidI can say that ‘Refugees Got Talent’ has been great for the integration process. When I first arrived in Belgium, I was living in a camp on the outskirts of Liege, and I wasn’t able to perform my music… With their help, I was able to find band members to do concerts, find a place to rehearse, get transport to the city, etc.

Usually, if you Google ‘refugee’ then you see very poor people fleeing from disasters, terrorism, wars, etc. It’s easy to forget that refugees have a lot of other things to show. This is what we try to do, but it’s not easy because I’m just one guy. But with ‘Refugees Got Talent’, it’s one way to show the good side of our heritage and culture. So, it’s more like spreading awareness of migration, in a very cultural and artistic way, because people tend to be very curious about art…

In my music, I try to mix traditional folk music from my country with other cultures, not just relying on one genre of music. I had the idea of mixing all sorts of music, because some of my band members come from different countries, so I had the idea of creating something global. One of my band members is Iranian, another guy Moroccan; he sings Moroccan music and sometimes French music, because of the diversity of his culture. We had another guy from Syria, one from Palestine, so we try to mix music from the Middle East with maybe Jazz or Blues…

When people see that, they remember that we are exactly the same. You and I are exactly the same, but we come from different places.

Finally, we spoke to Emmanuelle Ghislain. She is Communication Manager at DUO for a JOB, a non-profit organisation whose work includes promoting integration, and mentoring refugees and migrants in Belgium (something they call “duo coaching”). What would she say are some of the challenges facing refugees who want to integrate?

ghislainThe main difficulties of refugees are discrimination in hiring, lack of solidarity networks, lack of recognition of degrees and diplomas, educational disadvantages, the complexity of structures and procedures in the host country (poverty, housing, childcare, etc.), plus some internal factors as well: lack of social and professional networks, isolation, frustration, lack of self-confidence, etc.

From our own experience, we can say that the current support offered to overcome these barriers remains insufficient…

What would she say to H.Gk‘s point? Do refugees want to integrate in Brussels?

ghislainIntegration is a profoundly human issue that engages communities. To successfully integrate refugees into Belgian society, there must be cordial contacts between the newly arrived and the people of the host country. Integration must be seen as a mutual movement, from the host community to the refugees and from the community to the refugee. That’s exactly what we propose through the creation of the duos.

Refugees are incredibly resilient, motivated and determined to actively integrate the host society, among other factors through employment. It offers them the possibility to find their place their new city and integrate the social, economic and human project of the host country. It opens up new horizons for themselves and their children. Those children are the future “youth with an immigrant background”. The future “us”.

How can refugees best be integrated into society? Is language education the key to better integration? Should positive role-models be promoted? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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  1. Renata Komninos

    I don’t think that they will ever integrate ,but at least they must respect the traditions and low of the country were they live

    • rio

      I think you are right. Because these people have the belief that their religious laws are much more superior to secular laws…they will never integrate. But since they are just ” visitors” to the countries that welcomed them…they should at least respect the laws, culture and social norms of their host country. Because if you go to the Middle East also, foreigners have lots to observe basing on their religious and social norms. Have you seen a visitor or a beggar demanding what he wants? Otherwise you should be ashamed of yourself if you have the shame and refinement in your being

  2. Fernando Nabais

    Refugees are not supposed to integrate. They are supposed to return to their countries once the war ends in their countries.

    • Tina Lythe

      Rubbish what if they cannot return

    • Kianglek Tan

      What if they can return yet procrastinate in doing so?

    • Duncan

      If they cannot return, so if the war is still ongoing you mean? Or do you mean if they were affiliated politically with the losing side? Because at that point it’s long term asylum they are seeking, it should be dealt with as a new application. Moreover though, refugees are supposed to stay close to home, as in the first safe country they get to.

  3. Bódis Kata

    Send away those who are illegitimate or fraudulent very fast and then there will be lots more resources for integrating real refugees. Education is the key.

  4. Bobi Dochev

    There is no way! Very few are willing to integrate the majority prefer to follow its own understandings and way of life – just at new place. There are second event third generation migrants in EU which are still not integrated! Facts shows that this is Mission impossible so it is better to learn the history and stop that madness. Lets fix their own countries and send them back – this is the best solution!

    • Romain Demoustiez

      you are confusing so much things that i have a hard time figuring out what you are talking about

    • Borislav Valkov

      If they could have fix their states they wouldn’t have comed. EU should stop all that peace nonsense(we want peace but do 0 to achieve it) and build an army for enforcing peace and use it’s huge burocracy to offer administrative support to any failed state.

    • Bobi Dochev

      What exactly you didn’t get?
      1st We have migrants arrived in Europe before 20, 30 and more years and they are not integrated they live literally in closed communities following their own tradition and laws.
      2nd We should look at this migrants and understand that integration is two way process – they should want it as well. You can’t integrate refugee (migrant) who is here just because better social system, but don’t want to accept our freedoms and treat women worst then animal just because his God told him they are not equal to men.
      3rd To solve the problem with the refugees/migrants we should put efforts to improve the way of life in their countries then send them back and then to start process of integration and changing of their attitude which would take decades, even centuries.
      This is the only way to deal with this problem – so what exactly you didn’t get?!

    • Bobi Dochev

      Borislav Valkov They (the refugees/migrants) couldn’t fix it – that’s why we should force them and their leaders to start the changes and support this changes. Not exactly with weapons – violence lead to more violence. 60% of the people coming to EU are actually a economical migrants (recognition of Frans Timmermans) so you don’t need a bigger gun to solve that :)

    • Tina Lythe

      If we kept our noses out of their business and stopped going to war with them for their resources there would not be refugees

  5. Marko Martinović

    Those who want to integrate, will integrate. Problem is that i think most of them do not want to integrate at all. Also there is no incentive to integrate

  6. Andrew Chandler

    Through mixing and matching, sharing cultures, not through separation and segregation. Finding common interests, learning together and celebrating difference, as British people have always done.

    • Lynne Warner

      Your thinking is typically Western. Nothing wrong with your sentiments but surely you have noticed that the majority of a different culture always try to remain in their own enclaves and its been that way for many decades and growing stronger. You underestimate the pull of culture and religion.

    • Duncan

      Lynne, keeping close to people of similar backgrounds is not a deal breaker when it comes to integration, as long as there is a degree of intermingling (through work, school etc.) then integration can still happen. Familiar is comfortable, so it’s understandable when hundreds/thousands of miles away from home to want to be close to people who speak the same language, share experiences of home and so on. Integration only fails when both sides, I.e. The new arrivals and the original populace scorn and deride each other.

    • Bódis Kata

      Religious fundamentalism is all about self-isolation.

  7. Lucas Benitez

    Teaching them what is laicism but sadly this is something only a minority is able to understand.

  8. Enric Mestres Girbal

    To keep them spred among the nationals, avoiding ghetos. Specially the youngs,they should keep their believes privatly and assist to school, sports, etc..joining the rest.

  9. Monique Taxhet

    Teach them the language and the laws of the country they apply to live in and tell them that they have to follow those laws even if they don’t like them. It’s their choice, either integrate or, sorry, you will have yo leave.

    • bert van santen

      What You`re discribing has nothing to do with refugees, but with migrants.

  10. Kwnstantinos Pets

    Still willing?You mean we re still being forced by your reptilian bosses of NWO right? If the christians were refugees and went to their countries,you cant imagine their atrocities against christians.They ll be welcomed here if we build the 1st church in their countries.

  11. Terence Zammit

    Refugees are here illegally so send them back to their country when war is over … if they want to return they should come back legally.

  12. Constantinescu Florin

    Every person who want to help refugee take 1-2-3 families of refugee, feed them, educate them and take responsability for their social behavior. Simple and elegant!

  13. Valentino Celeghin

    You see, if i wanted to make a joke I would say to ask to the ones in charge of the Human Rights Council, but I prefer to be serious, so I will say that integration is a two way street, immigrants should be willing to integrate and we should be open minded.

  14. klassen

    You can only help people who want to help themselves . You cant fill a cup that is already full.
    On the other hand im sure theres lots of refugees that will integrate. Problem is , i dont understand why europe??? Why not kuwait , saudi arabia, bahrain, oman, UAE , they are rich have jobs and no integration needed.

  15. Bruno J. De Cordier

    Many economic migrants who come in the wake of refugees in the proper sense (because that is what it is: mixed movements) move with unrealistic illusions and -expectations (often fanned by globalized popular culture, digital and analogue rumor circuits etc……) about life and about what they can get in Northwestern Europe, which is eventually what is the most explosive. For the rest, stop comparing the episodes we have seen and that are still to come with classical refugee crises. Rather see it in terms of the population movements into the Western Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries, i.e. as an interaction between disintegrating peripheries and decadent core areas.

  16. Joao Antonio Camoes

    Wrong question, again. You do not help to integrate; integration is a normal way to adjust to the newclife you choose. In the earlier 60 we saw great migration flows within Europe. 10, 15 years later everybody was integrated in local/national new communities. Why? Because they choose a new life, a new country, they wanted a better future for themselves and their kids. So, the first question is: do you want integrate and be part of this country? If the answer is yes, will not have any problem to integrate and help will be easily accepted and rewarded.

  17. Siva Nesan Jesu

    Muslims rendered into refugee status is political Islam’s mischief, and major rich islamic countries must accommodate them. To raise the question of non-muslim populations is a grander mischief, after knowing uncementable religious-cultural gap and Muslim audacity and fanaticism. Mainstream Islam; Radical Islam, Refugee islam, and all other Islams must abandon most of what is in the Koran, if humanity has to prevail.

  18. Gabriela Morgado

    the best way to help refugees is BY NOT CREATING refugees with ILLEGAL WARS and INTERVENTIONS , destroying countries and forcing people out ! you open your arms to people after you directly hurt them by forming coalitions and participating in military actions or indirectly , by selling arms to the ones who bomb them BOMB them and their places back to the stone age! , all funded by taxpayer money from people indoctrinated by the media to accept these wars with lies….. and then you hypocritically open your doors and arms in awe at your nombrils at at how amazingly humanist and democratic you are.? Is there no limit to hypocrisy , and to dellusion ? Europe , go to the CORE of the problem ! stop pretending !

  19. Marijo Baricic

    Come ex immigrato non credo a nessuna persona che dice che gli immigranti vengono prima degli italiani. Non mi fido di queste persone, perché è una cosa contro natura e contro la cultura! Non è possibile amare i figli altrui più di quanto si amano i propri. Non ho mai sentito che uno diserederà i propri figli per lasciare i suoi beni ai figli altrui, tanto meno ho sentito che l’eredità la dividono con sconosciuti! Se qualcuno vuole smentirmi e dimostrarmi che ho torto, può tranquillamente contattarmi e lasciare i suoi beni a mio figlio e così dimostrare la propria coerenza con quello che predica. Gli sarò grato, ma nel fondo dell’ anima penserò che non è in bolla e che dovrebbe curarsi. Anche se abbiamo lo stesso valore, Dio ci ha creati diversi, perché allora andare contro la volontà di Dio? In natura i simili stanno con i simili si difendono reciprocamente, perché allora andare contro la natura? Il mondo occidentale oggi si trova in decomposizione spirituale e degenerazione morale, sponsorizza le guerre, provoca le carestie per costringere le popolazioni all’ esodo per sopperire alla mancanza di natalità e garantire al totalitarismo del mercato mano d’opera a basso costo. Tutti i sindaci d’Italia prendono dal governo e dalla UE soldi per ogni immigrato che ospitano, mentre le cosiddette associazioni “umanitarie” hanno creato il proprio business sulle disgrazie umane! Questo è causa perché si aiuta gli stranieri e si trascurano i poveri italiani! Gli italiani non rendono! La tratta degli schiavi attraverso l’Atlantico è avvenuta in modo più umano! Gli scafisti d’allora si trovano come gli scafisti d’oggi nelle grandi cancellerie del mondo occidentale. Scandaloso, disumano, e vergognoso, si vende dietro la maschera dell’umanitarismo e tolleranza! La voce fuori dal coro!

  20. Marijo Baricic

    Come ex immigrato non credo a nessuna persona che dice che gli immigranti vengono prima degli italiani. Non mi fido di queste persone, perché è una cosa contro natura e contro la cultura! Non è possibile amare i figli altrui più di quanto si amano i propri. Non ho mai sentito che uno diserederà i propri figli per lasciare i suoi beni ai figli altrui, tanto meno ho sentito che l’eredità la dividono con sconosciuti! Se qualcuno vuole smentirmi e dimostrarmi che ho torto, può tranquillamente contattarmi e lasciare i suoi beni a mio figlio e così dimostrare la propria coerenza con quello che predica. Gli sarò grato, ma nel fondo dell’ anima penserò che non è in bolla e che dovrebbe curarsi. Anche se abbiamo lo stesso valore, Dio ci ha creati diversi, perché allora andare contro la volontà di Dio? In natura i simili stanno con i simili si difendono reciprocamente, perché allora andare contro la natura? Il mondo occidentale oggi si trova in decomposizione spirituale e degenerazione morale, sponsorizza le guerre, provoca le carestie per costringere le popolazioni all’ esodo per sopperire alla mancanza di natalità e garantire al totalitarismo del mercato mano d’opera a basso costo. Tutti i sindaci d’Italia prendono dal governo e dalla UE soldi per ogni immigrato che ospitano, mentre le cosiddette associazioni “umanitarie” hanno creato il proprio business sulle disgrazie umane! Questo è causa perché si aiuta gli stranieri e si trascurano i poveri italiani! Gli italiani non rendono! La tratta degli schiavi attraverso l’Atlantico è avvenuta in modo più umano! Gli scafisti d’allora si trovano come gli scafisti d’oggi nelle grandi cancellerie del mondo occidentale. Scandaloso, disumano, e vergognoso, si vende dietro la maschera dell’umanitarismo e tolleranza! La voce fuori dal coro!

  21. Mariana Giozova

    Help to integrate in our christian values! If they wanna follow their sharia laws and customs, send back to their homeland

  22. Duncan

    So, it’s not “what’s the best way to help them?” It’s”what’s the best way to help them integrate?” So in other words, despite the fact they are drowning in the sea trying to get somewhere that has lots of people who don’t especially want them to come to begin with, you are determined to integrate them rather than help them the best way possible. Typical idiotic out of touch with reality attitude. This is what should happen, set up camps at their borders, provide shelter, medical care, clean water, food, blankets and U.N. Troops for safety (including Military Police to prevent lawlessness) and when the war is over, empty the camps. They can go home, home been bombed? We can help with that too, building materials and workers to help put everything back up. One country full of grateful people who look to the west gratefully and the west can feel good about itself and doesn’t feed the racists ammunition for them to vocalise their obnoxious sentiments about and/or to target those who have already fled victimisation once with violence or threats thereof. And nobody is drowning trying to get across to Europe and the refugees have had less distance to travel and the country that they were born in hasn’t just lost more of it’s population to refugeeism than it did because of war fatalities and actually still has a chance to progress culturally, socially and financially rather than being setback by several generations and then the country develops into a pro western country willing and able to trade.

  23. Andrew Potts

    There is a real logic gap in established left thinking. They either think that culture , religion philosophy or education are worn like a hipsters latest label to be changed at will. Or believe that six classes of Frau Hemplestrassa’s guidance of liberal values will persuade all the new Europeans that their old ideas are just not relevant.
    What you believe is dearly held as part of you , your identity. Liberals should try this experiment and read a few speeches by trump and see if they can see the good in the man. Probably not because they have spent to much time thinking one way, which shows how a viewpoint is very difficult to change. By finding it hard to change their view on Trump supporters they will then have an insight how hard it might be to change over to European ideas.

    • Enzo Crespin

      You sound as if right thinking was any different. It is not. Do you really have an open viewpoint yourself, deep down ?

    • Duncan

      My opinion of Trump has nothing to do with my political orientation. It’s 100% formed from watching the man in action. I’m not tell sure what I’d call my political orientation, I believe in the right thing being done, so does that make me a leftie or a rightie?

    • Ivan Burrows

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      You are right, they are not refugee’s, they are financial migrants.

    • Τζινα Πολεμαρχακη

      Ivan Burrows is not me who has right ,we all have right or none ..
      All the faces are the same under there skin ..

  24. Maja Mulaček

    Doesnt look how they are Integrating and why should they Thy can go back an rebuild their country and homes war os almoat over

  25. James Robinson

    Don’t make special rules or privilege. Go to the same schools, buy from the same shops, most importantly enforce the same law. They are coming here to escape their way of life right, not take us down the same way as their homeland.

  26. Matej Mlinarič

    Only way that this can be addressed, if those that wish to impose their own laws are deported or dealt with. Cause only way that any integration is even possible is if only those remain that actually want to life in mutually contributing societies without targeting each other. Everybody else needs to be evaluated whether they are worthy to allow their presence.

    https://www.facebook.com/812707315509772/videos/855173634596473/

  27. Carole Robinson

    Y hey won’t integrate, they demand every benefit, medical and a house and won’t work, won’t serve alcohol, serv pork ,if caring for old folk won’t cook bacon, shop for pork products , wear P J and garbage bags with eyes in the street and want prayer time and expect every one round them to fit in a, the host country should make them integrate or deport

    • David John Cook

      God you’ve extremely racist aren’t you.

    • Carole Robinson

      Also I disagree that they are peodafiles, rapists, gender mutation of children , (girls) and bigamist s, and they demand this in uk

    • Luis Pires

      I’m sorry. I guess david here should have asked if you were a racist. You know, cuz a racist is never a racist until it admits being one. Just like any other negative classification. It is never up to the people that observe your behaviour that can call it a racist behaviour :) (lol jk)
      Nevertheless considering such statements to refugees that fought a lot harder to survive than an average person in the developed world seems a bit hard to believe. And it seems that your complaits clearly do not compare to their struggle. I mean you are mad because they don’t serve pork nor alcohol? Well buhu for you. Learn to respect their culture as you would want them to respect yours. I mean that is not even compared with the struggles they’ve had to survive and you want to deport them because they don’t serve you what you want because they don’t have it??? That is pretty low, racist and xenophobic to me. And so, by that so sad story that you have experienced :( You are promoting the border closing to refugees and let them die on the miserable conditions they are in . Bravo :)

    • Carole Robinson

      I have lived all over the world and have respected every law in their country and respected the people , I have friends of all religions and color, however when they disrespect and demand things I do feel angry, not towards the true refugees ,but all or not , I have had a bad experience and this did not help

  28. Greg Chapman

    I have no intention of helping any so called refugee, you want them you fucking help them

  29. Franck Néo Legon

    war in Syria will soon be other, then send them back to their country to rebuild it and make it reat again. we are already too many in Europe.

  30. Franck Néo Legon

    war in Syria will soon be over, then send them back to their country to rebuild it and make it great again. we are already too many in Europe.

  31. Jose Luis Mata Rodriguez

    It is a very difficult question to answer, because the Governments are not very willing to welcome them. First they said they should integrate them, then all came at nothing. Frau Merkel and others promised them a lot good things what is typical of cheap politicians!!!

    • Jeanne Griffin

      What did they expect? Cute blondie comfort women?

  32. Ana María Salazar

    Han sido demasiadas décadas abusando de la generosidad de Europa. Miles de millones enviados a todos los paises de orígen con problemas, que no han sido debidamente utilizados. Todo tiene un límite, y éste se sobrepasó hace mucho tiempo. Por la falta de control, por la falta de exigirles que respeten las leyes al igual que nosotros, exigirles que respeten nuestras leyes, nuestros derechos, nuestras costumbres, se ha creado una sociedad de refugiados y descendientes de refugiados a los que se les mantiene gratis, que encima nos odian. Más control y las leyes para todos igual.

  33. Ana María Salazar

    Han sido demasiadas décadas abusando de la generosidad de Europa. Miles de millones enviados a todos los paises de orígen con problemas, que no han sido debidamente utilizados. Todo tiene un límite, y éste se sobrepasó hace mucho tiempo. Por la falta de control, por la falta de exigirles que respeten las leyes al igual que nosotros, exigirles que respeten nuestras leyes, nuestros derechos, nuestras costumbres, se ha creado una sociedad de refugiados y descendientes de refugiados a los que se les mantiene gratis, que encima nos odian. Más control y las leyes para todos igual.

  34. Marco Boiocchi

    Il 90% dei “migranti ” che vengono in Italia non sono rifugiati di guerra!
    Sono quasi tutti maschi adulti,e giovani .
    Scappano dalle guerre, e lasciano morire donne , bambini, e anziani??????

  35. Rodger Ricketts

    The history of cultural integration in the USA, which can give some knowledge to the European question, has shown that typically it took three generations before the integration process was ‘complete’. The 1st generation retained the former cultural and language roots knowing enough of the new country to get by and they usually stayed in enclaves due to identities and the differences. The 2nd generation was caught between the old and new and the 3rd finally was pretty much fully integrated. Integration in the USA however did not mean assimilation to one particular cultural model as the USA is well known for its cultural diversity. It meant that the members were integrated in education, finding a job, speaking the predominate language, knowing and following the local and federal laws and usually interacting freely with the larger members of society.

  36. Rodger Ricketts

    Very briefly, the history of cultural integration in the USA, which can give some knowledge to the European question, has shown that typically it took three generations before the integration process was ‘complete’. The 1st generation retained the former cultural and language roots knowing enough of the new country to get by and they usually stayed in enclaves due to identities and the differences. The 2nd generation was caught between the old and new and the 3rd finally was pretty much fully integrated. Integration in the USA however did not mean assimilation to one particular cultural model as the USA is well known for its cultural diversity. It meant that the members were integrated in education, finding a job, speaking the predominate language, knowing and following the local and federal laws and usually interacting freely with the larger members of society.

    • Gilbert DE Haes

      In Europe it went the other way round – The 1st generation kept calm and worked – It’s the following generations that brought us nothing but shit !!!!

  37. Gordon Webster

    I suggest that all European Politicians, who want these people here , go to live in a Sharia Country for 6 months. Let them see what integration means to their invited guests. In the 50s, 60s and early 70s Italians, Poles, Ahmadi Muslims, and Germans came to Scotland. They lived with us, integrated with us, but did not demand that we accept their laws and culture. You cannot force people to integrate who see our ways as wrong, and you cannot demand we be tolerant of intolerance, or you will arrest us for intolerance. That sort of suppression only fosters anger and hatred, pushing it underground. Multiculturalism must be a two-way street, or it is a sham.

    • Luis Pires

      ^^^ for those who are reading this, this is a xenophobic :D

    • Gilbert DE Haes

      Xenophobic ???. Just look around and see the crimes they commot in all places ! Besides, they are telling themselves they did come to invade us and that they never will integrade. Open your eyes, man !!!

  38. Paolo Ortenzi

    The best way to integrate migrants? To welcome only those ones really willing to do it.

  39. Danny Boy

    Wouldn’t it just be simpler if we converted to Islam,face it with this crazy uncontrolled migration it’s only a matter of time.Better to join the winning side now.

    • Karolina

      No, it wouldn’t be simpler, Danny, because the Light of the World is the only true winner. It is the most widespread religion and keeps spreading.

    • Danny Boy

      ‘light of the world’???
      What are you suggesting we worship the sun?.

  40. Ras Ruben Adjei

    They don t need charity nor imperialism, they need freedom and justis… leave dem nation, stop bomb dem, stop interfering with theirs home affairs, stop invade dem… and they will never come to europe as refugees or illegaly…. but europe continue in this direction so… I hope things will change with Trump… I hope… but I don t trust it too much…

  41. Rodger Ricketts

    My curiousity was peaked by so many, not only on this page but in other countries saying that Islam is violent, wants to conquer the world, etc. So I surprising found this very instructive article in the Dalla Texas News. It just might give some people a more honest perspective about Sharia law then they have now.

    • Karolina

      We don;t need to read an article,Rodger, as parts of Europe have lived under Sharia law for centuries. This is how we know that indeed it is violent and its aim to dominate. Perhaps you should read some history instead of articles.

  42. Steve Rogers

    Ban the hijab, don’t build mosques, stop creating religious schools and make it mandatory that they eat pork on Friday’s. Job done. No jest!

    • Ken Pope

      How can you be alive and be so stupid?

    • Luis Pires

      For those who are reading this, this is what we call a racist and xenophobic :D

  43. Ken Pope

    Easy – deport all those in the UK who have ever read the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and the Sun. The locals who remain will be relatively broad-minded and intelligent and you immigrants – or expats from other countries as we call ourselves when we emigrate – will have no trouble integrating.

  44. Andy Queen

    Unfortunately they are not able to, as long as they keep bringing in all their Sharia Bullshit with them. Leave that behind then they may have a chance but I very much doubt it. if they insist on bringing all the problems they left behind with them (Sharia) then it ain’t gonna happen. When you have No Go Zones in Paris, U.K. Sweden, Germany, it clearly shows that they Do Not want to integrate, they are only here for a free and violent ride…. Literally!!!

  45. Antonios Forlidas

    Unfortunately there are lots of racist fascist scums visitors in this page; especially from Europe who are stupidly complaining about the refugees: Did they forget that Europe and the stupid americans are the ones who destroyed the countries where the refugees come from?

    • William Gould

      You are obviously not just stupid but probably as bad as them

    • Antonios Forlidas

      William Gould Are you ashamed to reveal your country?

    • bert van santen

      When has there been an conflict between the Netherlands and Libya, Tunesia, Marocco? And when distroyed the Dutch the mentioned countries?

      There is a mighty difference between a refugee and a migrant.
      For a refugee there should always be a safe place to hide.

      A economical migrant should think twice before believing the pro EU propaganda distributed by the people who promise them a better life in the EU.

  46. Karolina

    Refuge should only be given to people who already embrace the local values and way of life. This by definition excludes any individuals that will not drink alcohol for religious reasons, think that it is ok to force their kids to marry someone that the parents have picked at age 13, feel the need to cover their faces or heads before stepping outside etc. We should not have to worry about how to integrate people because by default this means that we have a problem.

    I am surprised to hear that there are many more French and European citizens in Brussels than Moroccan because whenever I have been to Brussels I have only noticed Moroccans stand out and sometimes they even put the Moroccan flag on buildings. The French, Polish etc do not make themselves noticeable at all, So, obviously, there is a problem there with Moroccans, if the picture on the ground doesn’t reflect the statistics.

  47. catherine benning

    Return them to their land of origin. Fill their arms with books on how to run a country and fulfil the will of their people. That way they will end up happy with what they have and not covet or want to steal from a culture or society they despise. Ours.

  48. Jenessy van der Tulle

    First if all, we must not be bringing in people that despise western civilization and its people. How does it make sense that we should give such aid to these “refugees” when they wish for us to be destructed? More thorough background checks and a simple questionnaire can surely filter most of them out. Second, is to help them integrate back into their daily lives in THEIR OWN COUNTRY. Unless they’re able to find a job, pay the taxes that a citizen pays, and contribute to society, all of this should be temporary.

  49. emile

    for my personal experience as a refugee in Uganda, those are among some of the strategies for refugees to integrate.
    i am developing a project on the integration for refugees in Uganda with other members and seeing some refugees sharing their experience, for me that is very true

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