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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Although EU leaders initially told refugees that they were welcome to come to Europe and that everyone would be taken care of, things are quickly changing; refugees themselves have started to realize that European hospitality is a myth, RIA Novosti columnist Nika Filimonova said.

    When refugees arrive to their destination they often face deplorable living conditions — there isn't enough food, clothes aren't given out and even basic medicine is out of the question.

    Ahmed, a refugee from Iraq, was put into a psychiatric hospital with a bunch of mental-health patients in Finland when what he needed was proper medical help to alleviate his chronic health condition, according to Filimonova. Since he couldn't stay in the psych ward any longer he was forced to run away and ended up on the street without money and documents, which were taken away by human traffickers.

    With little hope for his future, Ahmed is now camping outside of the Iraqi Embassy in Helsinki. He said he wants to get a new passport and some money so he could then go back to Iraq, as even this would be better than living on the streets of the Finnish capital, the columnist said.

    Even in Germany, where refugees were traditionally welcomed more than in other European countries, people's attitude towards the newcomers is changing. According to a recent poll, the amount of people who have positive views towards refugees declined by 15 percent over the past month only, Filimonova said.

    What will happen next? Are the Germans going to start behaving like the Greeks, who thought it was alright to put refugees in prison cells? There is food twice a day and a roof over their head, what else do these refugees need?

    EU Leaders Plan to Send Refugees Back

    "Why don't you just send me back to Syria so I can die there? Would have been better," one of the refugees exclaimed, appalled by the conditions he was put in.

    Turns out, refugees will have their chance to be sent back. As of late, EU leaders have been discussing the idea of sending back refugees who haven't received their formal refugee status yet. This means that soon almost half a million refugees will be sent back home.

    Brussels isn't talking about Syrians and Iraqis yet. They'll be sparred for now and allowed to stay in Europe, while others will have to start packing. According to Filimonova, Brussels threatened to cut off economic aid to some African countries if they refuse to take their refugees back.

    Even if these openly racist and inhuman measures take place it won't be the end of the refugee crisis in Europe. There will be new waves of refugees escaping from their countries, as poverty and wars in Africa and the Middle East have yet to disappear. Thus, stay tuned, this is only the beginning.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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