Aarhus is taking a stand against fear. The second-largest city in Denmark is one of the most diverse in Scandinavia. It’s population of around 300,000 includes almost 40,000 migrants from roughly 130 countries. It has been welcoming refugees for decades, and has won awards for its approach to integration.

That’s not to say there aren’t challenges. Unemployment rates among citizens of non-Western origin in Aarhus are still much higher than the average, and the city has experienced rising crime in the past (though crime in Denmark nationally is currently at historically low levels). Nevertheless, Aarhus’ approach to integration and counter-radicalisation has so far proved very effective.

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.

Since the start of the refugee crisis, Denmark has been experiencing record low levels of crime. Of crimes committed, 83% are committed by people of Danish origin and 14% by people of non-Western descent. Given that roughly 10% of Denmark’s population are of non-Western origin, those figures don’t seem to justify fears of greater criminality among ethnic or minority groups.

Meanwhile, the Danish government has been doing everything possible to discourage people from coming to Denmark. It has already some of the toughest immigration laws in Europe, and in 2016 it introduced more laws or policies specifically targeting migrants and refugees than any other country in Europe. These include laws allowing property to be seized from asylum seekers arriving in the country, and increasing the waiting period before families can be reunited from one to three years (a fact which was then advertised prominently in Lebanese newspapers).

Curious to know more about refugees and the law in Denmark? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).
Why are Europeans so scared of refugees? Are people’s fears justified? What would help reassure people and allay their fears? 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. Andrius Adomaitis


    • SD

      What came first Wars or the refugees?
      G W Bush and Tony Blair the USA and UK should be forced to accept every si gle one of these people as they are the ones that u leashed hell on the Iraqis. The Iraq war was like Harvard University for islamic terrorism, islamic gerror is growing and it is targeting the West more directly and more regularly. If we didn’t have lots of Muslims in the world Western countries we would not have so much Islamic terrorism as a result of these policies. But we do and we do have the terror that goes with it. The Islamic terrorism is wrong and if it is citizen of a country doing it then it is treason. But the illegal invasions and regime changes were very much illegal as well. We are now at war with the culture and the religion Islam. Of course we don’t want to be at war with religion but for the other side this is also very much about religion. We have to protect our people, we have to block off all nations from the Islamic Nations. We have to stop the Trojan Horse from coming in.

  2. Fernando Nabais

    Why are you so much interested in bringing “refugees” to Europe? Could you explain that please? They bring crime, rapes, unemployment and so on. But even if not, can’t we just live our lives? Why are Europeans the only people in the world who doesn’t have the right to have their own culture? How long will it take untill Europeans be an ethnic minority in Europe, a process which is called genocide?

    • Amphib Ian

      Please explain how the presence of a small number of refugees stops us from having our own culture and stops us from living our lives.

    • Amphib Ian

      As far as I can see your point of view has nothing to do with reality.

    • Fernando Nabais

      Amphib Ian “Small number” ??? Ethnic minorities are already a majority in many towns across Europe. In 2011 census, less than 45% of the population were original British and now they are surely even less. Anyway, if you replace a given culture in a society by a “multiculture” then the original culture disappears.

    • Alexander Tsankov

      If you were right every minirity’s culture would have evaporated already. In Britain people with different ethnicity are not refugees, but people from colonies, which the Brits own their wealth to. Not to mention that ethnicity is not a culture marker, many of those people are already living the British way of life.

    • Mario Kurzio Scortichini

      Plus, why Europe? I mean, what about Asia, Russia, America? WHY ALWAYS EUROPE?? They FORCED us to take these people and they NEVER asked EU citizen if they wanna live with them or not! This is bloody dictatorship at its finest!

    • Amphib Ian

      Mario, None of the top 5 countries hosting refugees are in the EU. So what the hell are you talking about with “why always Europe”?

    • Amphib Ian

      Ivan Burrows a million refugees is 0.2% of the EU population. That’s a small number. The number of refugees that Merkel wants Hungary to take is 1300, or 0.01% of the population. That’s a small number. But then again, right wing ideologues never were good at maths.

    • Amphib Ian

      Fernando Nabais I see, by your lack of answer to my question, that this is purely a matter of race for you, not culture.

    • Fernando Nabais

      Amphib Ian, I don’t see any question you have made. You just said rubbish. As I said, as example, more than 55% of London population is not original British. Is that a small number? You refer to 1 million, but that is the number of people with “refugee” status which entered Germany in only one year. If you take into account all people coming to Europe and sum over the years, the number is huge. As I mentioned, and you can google, there are already many towns in Europe where Europeans are a ethnic minority. Also you have to review your concept of “hosting refugees”, as you are calling the same name to completely different things, which allow you to take the wrong conclusions.

    • Piedade Luisa Pinho

      Refugee is a person who runs away from war. Is a person who is gratefull and respectefull, and desperatilly wants to return home. Do you see any of that? I don’t. Help… in their countries, is where we have to help them. Not here. We DON’T want more islamics in Europe.

    • Amphib Ian

      Fernando Nabais “more than 55% of London population is not original British”
      so what does this have to do with refugees?

    • Amphib Ian

      Piedade Luisa Pinho yes, I do see plenty of grateful, respectful refugees. Why don’t you? Maybe it’s because you hate people outside your “tribe” and don’t want to see it?

    • Amphib Ian

      Fernando Nabais The question I asked is simply for you to explain your claim that refugees are stopping us from having our own culture and from living our lives. Your claim that London has too many Irish and other foreigners living there has nothing to do with your claim.

      The fact is, refugees are not affecting you negatively in any way whatsoever. You just hate them and don’t seem to even know why.

    • Piedade Luisa Pinho

      The portuguese “tribe” is universal. And I Only hate, who hates me. Reciprocity law. We hate, who hate us!

    • Fernando Nabais

      Amphib Ian You seem don’t understand, or maybe you don’t want to understand, that what you call “refugees” is just a part of a much bigger problem. The problem is that exists a mass migration from third world countries to Europe which will overload our welfare state, erase our cultural and in a few generations lead to the disappearance of the original European people. Meanwhile, mass migration may lead to civil wars, like happened for example in Kosovo. “Refugees”, which we both know are not seeking protection but simply to live in Europe, is just a part of this process. And yes, they are affecting negatively the lives of people living in Europe. But even if they weren’t, European people has the right to keep their cultural identity. I just wanted to understand why you and other people want to erase European culture and ultimately the genocide of original European people. And please stop with that parrot talking that someone taught you, you hate this you hate that. I don’t hate anyone, I just want to live my live and have the same rights as everybody else in the world. And this includes not being invaded by other cultures.

    • Larry Moffett

      Utter nonsense. Millions of Europeans have emigrated all over the world, imposing their culture in far more violent ways than any immigrants to Europe have ever done. If you’re so worried about European culture, blame Hollywood, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, IKEA, Samsung, etc, not immigrants.

    • Larry Moffett

      The invasion of Portugal :-D
      “between 1975 and 2015, it has only received 17,769 asylum applications (including families), granting 1,605 people refugee status and humanitarian protection”

    • Huey Montana

      Amphib Ian When we had refugees from Vietnam they didn’t complain, they waroked ahard, they never complained. It is everytime a large group of muslims come over, they play the victim, the blame us so they think they are entitled to wellfare. They complain etc. Take an example of Asian and be grateful.

    • Huey Montana

      Amphib Ian If muslims are tolerant towards us, we are tolerant to them but you know it as I do that it will not be the case. Surah 5 ayat 51 O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.

    • Fernando Nabais

      Larry Moffett, I was going to suggest you to talk of things you know about but that would probebly imply that you could say nothing at all. You are trying to say that Europeans colonized other continents and imposed their culture to natives. Indeed it is true, but it was centuries ago. That is not an argument. In Portugal there is no need for refugee status. This is a politically correct country, all illegals are welcomed. In the last 5 years, 110000 people acquired Portuguese nationality per year. In the same period, 80.000 people (including immigrants’ children) was born per year. DO you know what this means?

    • Amphib Ian

      Fernando Nabais Why are you lying about what I believe in? You lie that I “and other people want to erase European culture and ultimately the genocide of original European people”. Just because I want to help people whose country is at war and who have lost their homes? I never said that we should allow Europe to be overrun by migrants. Why do you lie so much?

    • Agnesm

      The 2011 census does not say that 45% of people living in the British Isles is foreign born. It says that of the foreigners who live in Britain, 46% have Uk citizenship. A very different thing. The number of foreigners living in Britain is quoted at 7.5 million. The population of Britain today is 65 and a half million. this means that the population of foreigners in Britian is jus tover 10%, not 45% . Or in other words, not very many at all.

  3. Robert Gosz

    Stop talking bullshit about refugees. There is a problem with mass illegal immigration and open borders policy, not refugees. There is a few percent refugees among hundreds of thousands invaders from Africa.

  4. Piedade Luisa Pinho

    Because they have seen they don’t want refuge. They want to be installed, fed and live the way they want, with our money, by their rules. Because we realised that they will never be europeans.

    • Larry Moffett

      No they don’t. Have you ever met a refugee? I have met several and they all want to work, learn the local language and live peacefully in the community.

    • Huey Montana

      Larry Moffett Have you ever been to a refuge camp? Have you ever been in a war zone? Have ever been in the military? Have you ever sset foot in Islamic countries? Have you ever trained muslims? Don’t talk about refugees that all of them are peaceful. When they are to big in numbers their religion takes over. And that religion wants just two things. Dominate the world and kill all infidels. If you do not believe that pick up a koran. they ahve been translated from the 60’s onwards. And read them all topping it of with the al-Siira and the Haddiths. Og I guess you weren’t familiar with islamic works now were you?

    • Amphib Ian

      where’s your proof?

    • Josepha Guillaume

      Amphib Ian there are many statistics you can find. In this chart from last year, the largest part is Syrians which you would expect, but they are less then half.
      That ‘less than half’ are more then often ‘Syrians who lost their papers’ often thus meaning people actually coming from North Africa, but we have no way of proving that.
      The largest group of the ‘less than half’ are actually from Syria, but where already in countries such as Turkey for a long time, but want to come to Europe anyway. You find that out when you talk to them. So, with so many jumping on the bandwagon, real refugees often can not find a place here and also, how is Europe to sustain everybody? Why isn’t for example Saudi Arabia taking refugees? They have extreme large camps… empty.

    • Larry Moffett

      There are half a million Syrians in Saudi Arabia. Besides Syrian refugees there are Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Yemeni, Somalians…all of whose countries have been devastated by war, largely due to Western interference.

    • Amphib Ian

      Your country is full of people you don’t know.

    • Deniss K Victorovich

      Amphib Ian but probably I know their system of values and believes we use to study together etc

    • Deniss K Victorovich

      Btw Estonian population is so small, it’s actually a problem to not to be known

  5. Zeljka Jeramaz

    Pedro Castro you naive young man… They are minority now but in 20 years … They don’t respect us they don’t want to act according to our law.
    Besides the refugee is a person who is running for his or her life, who has no money and usually refugees are women, old people and children. In this case majority are men. Why aren’t they defending their homes? Isn’t that a treason of their homeland?

    • Amphib Ian

      “Besides the refugee is a person who is running for his or her life, who has no money and usually refugees are women, old people and children. In this case majority are men.”

      Wrong. Refugees are people just like us, but their homes were destroyed. Why would they have no money? Were the people who left Hungary in 1956 all women and children? How about those who left the Balkans in the 1990s?

    • Zeljka Jeramaz

      My dear Amphib Ian people who really need help are the ones who don’t have money to leave.
      Majority of Balkan refugees were women and children. My country hosted thousands of Bosnian refugees in spite of the fact we were in the war too.
      I am sorry that you don’t want to listen to reason. Men should go back and defend their land not taking social welfare in european countries. I wish you well but I still think you are naive. I have a daughter and I am scared.

    • Larry Moffett

      Inform yourself instead of believing and parroting xenophobic propaganda. Balkan refugees didn’t have to cross the sea. If the first wave of refugees from the Middle East were mostly young men, it’s because the trip is too dangerous and exhausting for women with children and the elderly.

    • Zeljka Jeramaz

      Larry Moffett being shot at, raped and living in a constant fear is exhausting. If you know anybody from, for example, Sarajevo or Dubrovnik feel free to ask.
      Keep your pink glasses on if you like but don’t say you were not warned.
      Help as many people you can but they don’t respect you and your laws. Europe is far from their homeland. Why didn’t they go to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, even Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan? They are Muslim countries which are much closer than Europe.
      When you flee a war zone you go to the nearest shelter, not the one thousands of kilometers away.

    • Larry Moffett

      You work for the European Parliament and your source of information is “Czech Anti Islam News”?

    • Huey Montana

      Larry Moffett Why don’t you protest in an islamic country or against their customs of woman beating, throwing gay people of buildings, stoning apostates etc. No? Those emigrants just follow hijrah, surah 4 ayat 100. The islamic calender starts with Mo his hijrah, they never stopped for the last 1400 year. Do your homework if you criticise someone from the Czech Republic!

  6. Sonya Afonso

    education, right for women, rapes, killing for anything, not so hygienic… the questions is, does Europe have any good support, school, laws, teach our customs, enough police to avoid the consequences? we tolerate a religion that treats women like a thing… as if it is under human rights lol

  7. Arthur Gustin

    Are we talking about refugees or each people who wants to neglect the sovereignty of States to accept them through legal procedures and breach borders ?

    • Larry Moffett

      The sovereignty of states that are happy to feed at the EU trough :-D

  8. Lynne Warner

    Is that a serious question? Look at Italy, look at France.. no gay Paris to get lost in, look at Cueta, then look at the terrorist attacks that newspapers have done their damndest to quash even in Sweden.

    • Nicola Piazzalunga

      So that manipulated majorities can oppress minorities? You want absolutism, Sir.

    • Nicola Piazzalunga

      Democracy protects the minority from the power of the majority. What you are calling for is not democracy, but something else. You call for oppression, Sir.

    • Mario Kurzio Scortichini

      Maybe you missed that Democracy is sometimes referred to as “rule of the majority”. To protect minority is a thing, to force majority to act accordingly is another. in this case the minority is forcing the majority to bow to its will. and that must stop.

    • Huey Montana

      Nicola Piazzalunga So you want a minority to opress the larger population? Riiight.

    • Marko Martinović

      First duty of every nation is to protect its citizens and put them first. Refugees, migrants(without citizenship), illegals are foreign nationals. They are outsiders and are currently doing great harm in every way

  9. Spiros Kontogiorgis

    Everyone must be welcome unless he respects the laws and the values of Europe. If he/she wants to live under a different kind of law he should go to another type of country…

    • Amphib Ian

      I see a lot of people just assuming that people will not respect the law because they are Arabs. In other words, plain racism.

    • Breogán Costa

      I’ve seen both cases, some who respect, some who don’t.
      BTW: Arabs are the ones from Arabic peninsula. From Afghanistan, for example, they are not Arabs. You mix terms, Amphib.

    • Larry Moffett

      I’ve seen plenty of Europeans who don’t respect the law. In fact studies show that refugees are more law-abiding than native citizens.

    • Spiros Kontogiorgis

      We don’t speak about traffic lights or taxes… We refer to the basic principles of democracy..

  10. Marcos Magon

    well, the question is answered in the comments: Fear and lack of knowledge. And everything starts when media says refugees, instead of WAR refugees, they are running away from a war that killed and destroyed everything. Why dont they go back? Because they have nowhere to go back. Why they dont go to other islam countries? Well, 95% of them do it. Why they are all men? Lie. In 2015 they majority were men, but that was only one year, since them 60% are women and children.

    • Maria Trimarchi

      Marcos you are misinformed, most of them come from subsaharien states , no war there, look how may of them are brought to Italy every day….just look at the photos , how many women you see on those boats?…

    • David Mcphail

      please get a dictionary.. a refugee fears death or persecution in their home country… we are talking more about illegal economic immigrants…

    • Amphib Ian

      David Mcphail Are you stupid enough to think that Syria is merely suffering from an economic depression?

    • Carlo Cattoni

      in Italy syrians are less than 3%. almost 13.000 “refugees” have been “saved” in the last two days…i bet that there will be almost no syrians.

    • Marcos Magon

      Thats a lot of stuff here. 1st. Dont call me misinformed, when you mix refugee with economical inmigrant. 2nd. About the men-women. If your sources are the pictures from internet yes, you are probably right, but if you look at stadistics (Amnesty International or your own goverments) there are 60% women and children (((btw, whats the point in arguing this? men deserve to die? )) 3rd. If you are talking about illegal inmigrants thats other point, but this one is about war refugees (Or maybe I’ve read badly the post)

    • Larry Moffett

      Try spending a day in Libya, a country that has been in anarchy since Europe had the brilliant idea of overthrowing Gaddafi, and you’ll be the first to board a boat for Lampedusa.

    • Huey Montana

      Larry Moffett Those boat refugees that arrive in Italie do not look like Libians. They look more like Sudanees, Solmali, Malian. Mainly from Islamic African countries which have no real resources. Islam is backwards, they need the kafir to maintain them as it is done in SAudi Arabia due the oil. If no kafir maintain them their countries turn into shitholes.

    • Huey Montana

      And another thing, why not take in the procecuted Christian refugees in the Islamic countries? No only muslims because they are so retarted that they need help even is they are the cause for their own misery.

    • Tom Kuilder

      Yes everything and everyone you don’t agree with is racist. We are all literally Hitler.

  11. Zsolt Barczy

    Nobody is “scared”, you idiots. However, people with a BRAIN (see: homo sapiens sapiens, as opposed to homo erectus) tend to use that grey matter in their skull for its intended purpose (no, it’s not “pillow weight”, in case you were confused), and when you THINK ABOUT IT, setting PRECEDENTS is a pretty STUPID thing to do. Ever heard of “economic migrants”, which are interspersed among these so-called “refugees”? Anyway, the current European laws are stupid, unlike any other civilized country on this planet, so-called “refugees” in Europe can make more money from state subsidies than working 16 hours in a day-job at home, so go figure… MILLIONS OF POOR PEOPLE ARE ON THE MARCH TO EUROPE. Some people are getting stinking rich on this human trafficking from smugglers via brainless lawmakers to corrupt government officials, so the fight against this evil will be a protracted one, but sooner or later this madness will have to stop. Peace

    • Amphib Ian

      Looks to me like most of the people with brains and education support helping refugees. The ones with no education who fear anyone speaking a different language are the haters.

    • Fernando Nabais

      Amphib Ian it seems “people with brain and education” doesn´t even know what a refugee is: Someone fleeing from a war zone to a safe zone. People migrating between safe zones are not refugees.

    • Huey Montana

      Amphib Ian Anyone with a brain keeps them out just like Ausies. Boat refugees almost 0%. They best thing is to help those refugees in their own countries. The people who are smart according to you just import the problems, they are not solving them. Those poor countries keep producing rapefugees so it will be an endless cycle. But let us see islamic rapefugees: they fled their islamic countries because of them being opressed by fellow muslims. They come here and demand the things that was the cause of their opression in their country of origin.

  12. Maria Trimarchi

    debating the FAILURE of European Countries to protect their citizens and their constitutions … how about debating this…?

    • Jose Quintans

      Well said

  13. catherine benning

    Why are Europeans so scared of refugees?

    Here are a few reasons. And they do come in under the guise of refugees! And then spread like wildfire. Claiming nationality thereafter..







    And who is to blame for this horrific attack on our Western culture and way of life?

    Those who encouraged and allowed it to enter and ferment in our society, that is who. And we, by continuing to vote for those who have made this unhealthy practice part of our society, collude in the downfall of our way of life and of us. It is, as another put in his previous post, genocide of European people. And genocide by mutual consent.


  14. Paul X

    “Of crimes committed, 83% are committed by people of Danish origin and 14% by people of non-Western descent. Given that roughly 10% of Denmark’s population are of non-Western origin, those figures don’t seem to justify fears of greater criminality among ethnic or minority groups”……

    Not sure if it a problem with basic maths or you haven’t quite grasped how to spin statistics….by my book the 10% of “non-western decent” are responsible for a disproportionate 14% of the crimes…..?

    …but anyway, the bottom line is without the influx of “non western” people Denmark’s crime rate would be down by 14%…….doesn’t sound like a positive endorsement of their immigration policy to me

    • Mina

      You have made an interesting point regarding the disproportionate rate, though you cannot really tell how much the figure would go down.

    • Paul X

      Mina, I have applied some very simple logic. If 14% of the crimes were committed by people of non-western descent, if those people were not in the country that 14% of crimes would not have occurred

  15. Andrew Potts

    The headline is a lie Europeans do not fear refugees, they do have very realistic concerns about the EU apparatus suggesting the mass migration is normal. They do have real concerns using the European Navies to enable people traffickers and NGOs in illegal activity. Many Europeans can see their is a mass migration agenda running in the very Instatutions that are sopposed to represent Europeans. European culture is a minority culture in World Terms. Already our cities are beginning to be militarised and our leaders are suggesting this is normal. Why are European leaders scared to voice their concerns, Why is the European media scared to publish the Danish cartoons? Why do our business , cultural, educational and political leaders put barriers in the way of young Europeans who have the modest asperation of employment, a stable relationship , have a few kids in the communities they grew up in. If you don’t our children you will feed somebody else’s. Why is the EU so scared of Europeans wanting to preserve and protect our wonderful diverse European culture. Europeans recognise our common culture from the Alantic seaboard to the Black Sea from the Mediterranean to the Artic Circle. We know it in our hearts and do not need to be told what it is. Why are the EU so scared of doing what they were set up to do? Protect Europe.

    • catherine benning

      Well written, Andrew Potts. Right on the nail.

  16. David Mcphail

    Europeans are NOT scared of REAL refugees… in fact they are welcome.. what We DON’T want is all these economic migrants…

    • Sari Bruno

      You mean that we don’t want illegal immigrants that profit the refugee system. The main problem is, however, organized crime which has made a very profitable business out of desperate people who are searching for better life. This is huge problem. The only way to end this, is to make end of this kind of criminal activity in and out of the EU.

    • Amphib Ian

      Then why do many Europeans want to keep Syrians out? Are these not real refugees?

    • David Mcphail

      Amphib Ian you make a good point. Some people even a lot people have trouble making the distinction between a refugee and an illegal immigrant…and the media does not help…from what I have seen most of the problems we have had are from illegal economic immigrants, but certain people bundle all of them into the same basket unfortunately..

  17. Tom Kuilder

    What is not to love about these so called ‘refugees’? Murder, rape, female genital mutilation, oppression of women, honor killings, islamofascism. I honestly don’t know who is coming up with these ridiculous ‘debate’ questions. The European citizens are NOT the problem. The European leaders are the problem. They are so disconnected from reality that they rather put their own citizens in danger than opening their eyes and see that they are ushering in the destruction of Europe. So stop already with this ‘refugeephobia’ bullshit and do what you are meant to do; maintain order and protect your citizens.

  18. Björn Eric Ingemar Grahn

    As always some are always scared of new thing’s and/or change. Unfurtenty is this not good if it’s get to big attention as now cuse it’s spreading. Instead it’s proven once the changes are done mutch more is positive afterword than before.

  19. Michel Lecoq

    eau, de sanitaires et de douches.

    Pas de nouveau centre d’urgence à Calais. Le tribunal administratif de Lille a écarté ce lundi 26 juin l’ouverture d’un dispositif d’hébergement d’urgence pour les centaines de migrants – entre 400 et 600 selon les chiffres officiels – qui tentent chaque jour de rejoindre le Royaume-Uni depuis les côtes calaisiennes. Ce type de structure ne constitue pas “la seule solution pour prendre en charge efficacement et dignement les personnes concernées”, a expliqué le magistrat dans l’ordonnance rendue.

  20. Alentejo Baris Avci

    Most of Europeans know they are guilty deep inside. Nationalism and capitalist pressure comes with manipulations, trigger the mechanism and that feeling of guilt replaces with hate. Switch off the TV and read more history. This is what I can recommend.

  21. Paweł Kunio

    Because in view of those scared europe doesn’t have adequate tools to sieve out terrorists from refugees. Like was it in case of Belgium and/or Paris terror acts. It is said (but may be wrong please correct if so) that after check by services three of the attackers there have passed the refugee registration process.

  22. Malcolm Smith

    Refugees ? Don’t you mean Migrants. The latter being allowed in, then trying to drag the country down to their level.

    • Amphib Ian

      No, they mean refugees.

    • Malcolm Smith

      collected from the other side of the Med Amphib – Migrants.

  23. Mauro Scimia

    Because it’s uncontrolled, unresourced and , perhaps, unnecessary. Better help them at home.

    • Amphib Ian

      How? Create a “safe zone” in Syria? What a joke

    • Mauro Scimia

      Oh come on! Most of them come from Central Africa. I would never question helping refugees from Syria.

  24. William Jones

    Is that a stupid question or what? Jihadists enter the country secretly. The amount of refugees means more crome and a change in the demographic identity of the host nation. They are a different people with a different culture who want and spread around the host country culture. They are hostile toward he home nation.people want to be amongst their own.

    • Amphib Ian

      complete bullshit conspiracy theory

  25. Enric Mestres Girbal

    They are all migrants, but I think european politicians are two faced. They welcome them AFTER all the penalities they go through, spending huge amount of money “fishing” them in the Mediterranean. Why don’t allowe migrants to come in regular plane or ship trips? Why don’t use the money in housing them on so many waisted land and villages throughout Europe?

  26. Eugenia Serban

    Europe can t support other 2 or 3 continents coming over to be fed, sheltered, assisted,…. while the cultures are 500 yeArs apart in time and history

    Imagine Middle Age people invading the king’s castle

    • Maseeh Dlir

      But they can bomb the hell out of them ? lol

    • Paul X

      Gotta love the “it’s all our own fault for bombing the hell out of them” brigade…go do some research, there’s plenty of articles online where Syrian refugees describe their experience and why they are leaving, and being bombed by the West does not figure in any of them

  27. Erik Tjallinks

    Stupid question, must be someone who doesn’t read any papers or watch TV, or doesn’t know what islam is.

  28. Amphib Ian

    As we can see from the comments, many Europeans are afraid of refugees because they have been brainwashed by right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories.
    They believe, falsely, that all terrorism is committed by Muslims refugees. They believe, falsely, that the arrival of a million Arabs to a continent of 500 million will cause a massive cultural shift. They believe, falsely, that there are no real refugees, only people who want to both steal their jobs but also not work and live off welfare only.

    • Brian Husk

      Wrong! Crime has skyrocketed in my town Malmö Sweden since 2014 when they started coming in their thousands, all of Sweden is like this now, knife crimes, gang rapes etc etc stop spreading lies this is a REAL fucking problem & it has to stop!!!

    • Amphib Ian

      If only it were that simple. They are not necessarily stupid. Even intelligent people can be taken in by propaganda.

    • Dóris Cavalcanti

      A million/year of arabs which accumulates with one million more/year and more the children they give birth every year. Besides that it’s not only arabs, there are the africans also.
      Growing their number, they can affect the politics by electing muslim politicians who can enforce islam in a country.
      Also there are the high costs to support them at least for some years, many of them never work. There are the violence-crimes which they cause to increase also. And more their many demands to please islamic culture.
      There are plenty of other people in need in the world and people who don’t create problems like muslims(arabs-africans) usually do, let’s help them first.

    • Amphib Ian

      Huey Montana lots of religions are backwards and have a violent history; still, we allow their adherents to live in Europe.

    • Paul X

      Instead of propaganda have a look at some data


      I suggest you look at the polls and the attitudes of Muslims towards the justification for suicide bombing civilians in the name of Islam. ..and to keep it simple lets consider the % who think it can never be justified.
      So the “best” country is Indonesia where 71% think it can never be justified, (I appreciate using this value is very conservative as the majority of refugees come for countries with much worse attitudes, but we’ll try being positive about it)

      Now using “best” figure indicates that 29% of Muslims consider suicide bombing civilians in the name of Islam an option, apply this to your 1 milllion Arabs arriving in Europe and you have 290,000 people who think suicide bombing civilians is acceptable…….. and that is why people are scared of refugees

    • EU Reform- Proactive

      Amphip, “brainwashing” is & has been practiced throughout history by several societies targeting the very and also the not so young. Followers are easily captured when “very young”! Defense, denial, misrepresentation and believing in ONE world order only are its consequences later in life.

      The Muslim community has to overcome & counter the mixed messages it sends out- to regain the trust of the “infidels”. How can it balance- without any grain of doubt- universal honesty with some of its dishonest teachings allowed in “taqiywa”?

      Sorry, but the global majority- who are “infidels”- are waiting for the irrevocable corrections which will stop this double talk & contradictory religious teachings! The world is waiting- for how long?


    • Huey Montana

      Indeed. 1 out of ten is from Syria. Syrians are distinguisable in appearence yet the last 12,000 arrivals seem pretty black to me.The war is almost at en end. Yet they still are coming. Weird right?

    • Amphib Ian

      Seriously, NONE of those claiming to be refugees are actually refugees? I think that is just something you tell yourself to silence your conscience and justify your inhumanity to your fellow man.

    • Любомир Иванчев

      And I think you are making personal asumptions and accusations about someone you don’t know and have absolutely no idea about.
      The vast majority aren’t refugees. I have no problem with real refugees. But what are the others doing here? Why are they letting them in? Why are they allowing international borders and law to be violated? All of these questions remain unanswered by the people in the EU administration who eat from our taxes and are supposed to defend our interests.

    • Amphib Ian

      Любомир Иванчев “you are making personal assumptions and accusations about someone you don’t know and have absolutely no idea about.”

      Oh, the irony. That is exactly what you are doing when you demonize everyone who illegally crosses a border as an illegal economic migrant and not a real refugee. You have no problem with real refugees? It sure does not look like that. How are we supposed to decide about that before they cross the border?

      Germans are spending their taxes on helping refugees, not you. And look, the German economy continues to grow. It is because we recognise that a human in need of help is not less deserving because they are a Muslim.

  29. Rene Il-Majna Farrugia

    Refugees seek shelter where their family can sleep safely… and not try and choose which country they live in. The european welfare system will fall if more keep coming… our resources will deplete if all of africa and the middle east come to europe.

  30. Dóris Cavalcanti

    Growing their number, they can affect the politics by electing muslim politicians who can enforce islam in a country.
    Also there are the high costs to support them at least for some years, many of them never work. There are the violence-crimes which they cause to increase also. And more their many demands to please islamic culture.
    There are plenty of other people in need in the world and people who don’t create problems like muslims(arabs-africans) usually do, let’s help them first.
    “For this reason I am not afraid to say that POLITICAL ISLAM should be part of the picture. Religion plays a role in politics… What makes the difference is whether THE PROCESS IS DEMOCRATIC or not. That is what matters to us, the key point.”

    • Dóris Cavalcanti


      In 2014, the unemployment rate of non-EU citizens was 19.9 %. This group experienced the largest increase in unemployment over the 2008–13 period (Figure 4) and also the largest decrease (–1.9 pp) from 2013 to 2014. The unemployment rate of non-EU citizens was 11.1 pp higher than that of the nationals in 2011, a difference that increased until 2013 but was reduced to 10.7 pp in 2014.

      Youth unemployment
      Youth unemployment for the non-EU-born population aged 15–29 has increased by 12.6 pp between 2007 and 2014.

      The young population has been significantly affected by unemployment over the last eight years (11.9 % in 2007 compared with 17.1 % in 2014 for the native-born population), with the non-EU-born young population showing the largest increase in unemployment (15.4 % in 2007 compared with 28.0 % in 2014)

      Long-term unemployment
      Long-term unemployment, as a percentage of total unemployment, has increased for the non-EU-born population from 28.7 % in 2009 to 52.0 % in 2014, after a period of decrease from 2007 to 2009.

      The 2015 Ageing Report

      “Given the population projection, the unemployment rate assumptions and the labour force projection, the total employment rate (for individuals aged 20 to 64) in the EU28 is projected to increase from 68.4% in 2013 to 72.2% in 2023 and 75% in 2060. In the euro area, a similar development is projected, with the employment rate attaining 74.7% in 2060. ”


      37% of the 25–54-year-old non-EU-born population has completed at most lower secondary education

      Beginning with the indicator ‘educational attainment level’, defined as the highest level of education completed successfully [2], the analysis focuses on the population aged 25–54 [3] by country of birth [4] in the EU-28 Member States. As can be observed in Figure 1, in 2014 the highest proportion of people having completed at most lower secondary education [5] was found among the non-EU-born population (35.6 %). This share was 16.0 percentage points (pp) higher than for the native-born and 13.2 pp higher than the EU-born (except the reporting country) population.

      The proportions were reversed for educational attainment at the level of upper secondary and post-secondary education, at 36.4 % for the foreign-born population, 12 pp lower than for the native-born population.

      At the level of tertiary education, the population born in another EU Member State recorded the highest share of such graduates (35.7 %). This proportion was 3.7 pp higher than for the native-born population and 5.1 pp higher than for the non-EU-born population.

    • Dóris Cavalcanti

      This is an interesting study which shows how it was 10 years ago, then multiply at least per 2 or 3 today and per at least per 10 in more 30 years, and you’ll have an idea of the problem.

    • EU Reform- Proactive

      Dóris, great effort!

      One thing the EU cannot be accused of is its lack of producing an immense volume of “papers”, reports & statistics- full of impressive “actions”. Like the latest migration summit in Malta.

      Who has the time to read through all these pages? How much gets implemented, archived or deleted after a while? Where can ordinary folks experience the resultant successes- apart from more reports & info graphs?

      A scary concept, scary figures, a scary outcome- overseen by an unperturbed leadership!


  31. Emilia Polcaro

    All the refugees have to go to great britain, usa because these states started war in iraq and also them, especially britain occupied afghanistan! Let’ s not discuss about all the other exploitation of african regions made especially by france, great britain, germany and nederland! So all the refugees have to go to those countries. Let’ s stop to exploit africa and robe its raw materials!

    • Marcel Janssen

      Europe, especialy the named countrys have nothing to do with the African missery, all of Africa is independend. It has everything to do with their own corrupt societys, Inner racism and a religion that most ” refugees” are following, islam.

    • Emilia Polcaro

      Janssen study a little better european history! All europe has exploited africa! And still does!

    • Marcel Janssen

      I know my history, i know the evil and i know the good things of my country’s history. So i know i am right on this. So it comes back to my former post.

    • Paul X

      Europe exploited Africa but also introduced a lot of technology and stability, people conveniently forget colonisation was a two way affair

      Most countries problems started after they were made independent and the military coups and introduction of corrupt dictatorships that followed

  32. Jean Charles Branco

    Europeans are not “scared” of “refugees”. we like our people more thats all. support ur local nationalist party or remove ur-self from ma friend list.

  33. Yavor Hadzhiev

    I agree with Mr. Andreas Kamm. I think that the real threat to Europe is the inability to put its values, such as solidarity and respect for human dignity, in practice.

  34. Joao Antonio Camoes

    Europeans are not afraid of refugees. Europeans are afraid of their governments that can no distinguish between refugees, economic migrants or jihadist. European culture, tradition and behavior have always supported refugees.

  35. Natal Vella

    Africa,s population is around 1.216 billion.
    What if half of them decide to come to Europe as refugees?

    • Imanuel d'Anjou

      Gosh! Scary! Black people sure scare you huh?

      Maybe Europe should pull it’s long dick of influence out of Africa and start working on making something out of it instead of not giving a single shit about an entire continent.

      As long as their lives are terrible and European lives are spoiled, people will come to claim their fair share.

    • Paul X

      Actually it is the African countries that Europe has already taken it’s “long dick of influence” out of that are producing the most refugees. (Eritrea, Sudan, Ethopia etc)
      People love to blame colonial history for all the worlds woes but it was actually a two way thing, yes countries took a lot out of Africa but they also introduced a lot in the way of technology and stability.
      It is when these countries got independence and the subsequent military coups and establishment of corrupt dictatorships is the root cause of most of today’s problems

  36. Lynda Germon

    They are causing all sorts of trouble, but by all means USA accept them, but don’t complain later !

  37. Hugo Dias

    Is like the other… “If you have a bowl of skittles and you know that only 3 can kill you, would you take any?” Another thing, there’s a camp that isnearly empty and can allocate 2 million people, every house with air conditioned andin a country with muslim culture. Why the refugees don’t go there, and it’s closer than Europe… This camp is in Saudi Arabia and is empty at least 11 months in a year. This is the camp for Meca and the Ramadam. I’m not muslim, but if I needed to flee from my culture, I would seek a country with a similar culture, so I can adapt easily. I would not go to a muslim country as a refugee, unless I wouldn’t have another option.

  38. ironworker

    Are you kidding? Name me one nation eager to create urban muslim enclaves in their cities.

  39. Mimi Voiculescu

    They want to burn down Europe , destroy our civilization. Their thinking is so different and they want us to obey their low . They harbor terrorists . They hate us ! It s true ! Stupid propaganda won t change things . How many innocent europiens showd die

  40. Donnie MacLean

    Question: why didn’t/doesn’t Europe call out the yankss for having CREATED THE SITUATION by destroying Libya, in the first place?

  41. Francesco Vasata

    we don’t need refugees … this is just part of the infamous Kalergi’s (freemason) Pan Europa plan.

  42. Cristi Roth

    Ummmm……….Because of the bombs, attacks maybe? Young girls found raped and killed, cities in civil war…. Just because Saudi Arabia had a 4 million capacity refugee camp and refused to open it.

  43. Kathy Penney

    Why are Europeans so scared of refugees? Where have you been living for the last few years – in a cave miles from anywhere?

  44. Michael Hofer

    European refugees or migrants crisis has been caused by the US led NATO bombing in the Mideast ,north Africa & Afghanistan. Stop bombing there , overthrowing regimes & bring chaos .

  45. Rosanna Roxy Corty

    The ever smiling Macron country rejected to Italy a few hundred migrants at the Ventimiglia border. shameful behavior held in the same day when 25 various flagged rescue vessel headed to Italy with thousands migrants. I hope government will deny the entrance to all foreign rescue vessels in our territorial waters snd ports. You are a Spanish rescue vessel? Then you take your migrants to your country.

  46. Jacopo Sebastiano Venier

    How about we regulate immigration and make some serious rules instead of behaving like utter idiots and taking in anyone without any kind of background check because “we have to be nice and good yeeee”???

    Guess what, even if we keep taking 1+ million people per year, nothing will change because the population in poor countries increases by dozens of millions per year. What we have to do is to stop meddling into their affairs and give them a chance to fairly develop, we can take as many as we wont here but we will simply make Europe weaker instead of stronger as we urgently need to do.

    You people simply are nuts and hate Europe.

  47. catherine benning

    In this Daily Mail article is a warning to women and their children, should they have a doctor willing to take all risks for belief in the father of a child having the right to mutilate. It is an horrific story and taking place in my country along with the mutilation to women and children en masse. It is of biblical proportions.


    We all have to remember what men, and via them, their women are being taught in mosques. One of these Imams was filmed implying doctors and dentists in his congregation should follow the Qu’ran when it comes to the Kafir. Think about what that means to you for a few minutes.

  48. Jarosław Bratus

    To nie są uchodźcy, uchodźca ucieka przed wojną do najbliższego kraju a nie oddalonego o setki kilometrów i robi w tym kraju katastrofe aby ludzie w nim mieszkający bali się wyjść na ulicę, dlatego Polska nigdy nie wpuści tych najeźdźców do siebie

  49. Karolina

    The latest wave didn’t look like refugees. They were aggressive, demanding, hostile towards our culture. They lied about their country of origin. 50% were rejected fro asylum.

  50. Jokera Jokerov

    Obviously you never heard of bombing, sexual assaults on women and children, brutal stabbings etc. done by them.

  51. Stevo the Devo

    We are not anti refugee. We are not singling out Islam.
    We are anti ANY ideology where the founder has written to his son in law telling him it is ok to rape the wife of a captured enemy in front of him.
    Some Muslims may argue that “rape” of slaves does not happen by narrowing the definition of rape to unlawful sex, Under Islam it is lawful to have sex with a slave you own so this cannot technically be rape.
    When discussing controversial issues about Islam it is important to specify that you are using terms such as rape in the western traditional usage otherwise you will get an answer in the Islamic context that does not consider many acts that would horrify the average westerner to be in any way offensive provided the victim is a non Muslim.

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