Refugee Smuggling a Big Business in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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According to Germany’s popular paper Spigel, every day, thousands of refugees entrust their lives to human smugglers as they make their way to Europe — and many of them die en route. It highlights that the smugglers are making large profits and have little interest in safety.

Source: Refugee Smuggling a Big Business in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Increasingly people smugglers are turning to the Balkans rather than the Mediterranean route. This insightful article from Spiegel highlights the greed of the smugglers and the terrible suffering of the migrants.

However, it’s not clear whether Germany’s open borders policy for migrants is encouraging the people smugglers to increasingly turn to the Balkan route?


Germany Being Tested by Huge Refugee Influx – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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This is an outstanding, insightful, and must-read article from Germany top-selling, left-wing paper, Spiegel. Check it out!

via Germany Being Tested by Huge Refugee Influx – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Firstly, I learned a great deal about Germany’s post-war immigration.

Very soon, I was surprised. The article painted a picture of German generosity and openness. For me, this was not the same Germany that pushed excessive doses of austerity down the throats of other Eurozone members.

Whilst the article was dominated with examples of Germany’s generosity, it highlighted that there were increasing minorities who hated immigration and were ready for extreme violence, including arson.

The history of Germany’s immigration policies demonstrated an absence of overall strategy.

However, the article speculates that Germany will reach her natural limit on immigration.

It skirts over the merits of political versus economic migration. It also ignores the increasing risks, like terrorists in the midst of genuine immigrants.

This article is worth reading to understand this left-wing view of modern Germany‘s attitude to immigration. However, given that Germany’s policies tend to prevail in Europe, other smaller, more crowded and less prosperous countries might well become very worried about the future.

Let me ask an open question:

Is it time for a strategic approach to immigration in Europe?