by Steven Nezar Sahiounie (Syria)
Europe is historically a group of different nations with Christian background, now banded together as an economic unit known as the European Union.
On the other hand, Turkey is a non-European nation with 75 million Muslim population, on the edge of the European continent, with a long stated goal of entering the EU, but consistently denied for several reasons, most importantly is Turkey’s record in Human Rights.
Turkey’s President Erdogan decided to invest in the Syrian crisis, by using migrants flooding into Europe as a method to change the demographics to Turkey’s favor.
Turkey has been sending boat loads of asylum seekers and economic migrants from Syria, and other countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Promises of benefits are inferred, but not stated by the Europeans.
Turkey did not empty their Syrian refugee camps, as they profit by the donations and international pledges for the upkeep of the refugees. Systematically, the money which comes pouring in for the refugees is only partially spent on the refugees. The Turkish authorities: from the highest office holder, to the lowest guard on duty at the camps, are benefiting financially from the refugees. They even encouraged Syrians not living in the refugee camps to go on the boats to Greece.
The migrants did not go free of charge. Each boat person paid between 1-3 thousand Euros to make the short crossing in inflatable rafts. Many of the migrants came from safe and peaceful areas, such as the Syrian coast. Those persons did not leave death and destruction behind them, but sold homes, cars and furniture to pay for their new life in Germany, at the expense of the German taxpaying citizen. The people in the camps, who could have benefited the most out of a new European life and welfare benefits, could not sail away, because they had no money for the voyage.
Migrants followed migrants encouraged by jealousy, envy and greed. They asked themselves, “Why should my neighbor get all those free benefits in Germany? I deserve my slice of the pie. I will follow him.” Certainly, there were refugees who had suffered greatly in Syria and elsewhere and did, and still do, deserve help in starting a new life, in a safe place.
The Turkish people smugglers: aka “Boat-Men”, have worked and profited unabated. The Turkish police, intelligence services, security forces, Coast Guard, and Military have all been trained, well paid, and on duty in large numbers. Yet, the “Boat-Men” have gone on operating without fear of obstruction. The “Boat-Men” pay a large fee to the government authorities to turn a blind eye.
The population of Europe had been dwindling, due to a low birth rate, which is the opposite of Middle Eastern countries, because of the culture of large families. Erdogan’s plan was to invade Europe through the Tsunami of refugees, and eventually Turkey would be the winner at the long term, as the objection due to religion could no longer be used by some European parties.
The plan would depend on the new migrants eventually becoming citizens, and future generations might even be government office holders and officials. It is estimated that over 2 million refugees have entered Europe in the last year.
This huge influx will have drastic consequences inside Europe and globally.