Europe's Next Refugee Crisis: Thousands Of Migrants Freezing To Death

Tyler Durden's picture

“It cannot be that in the Europe of 2015 people are left to fend for themselves, sleeping in fields.”

That’s a quote from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and he’s referring to the EU’s effort to create makeshift “holding camps” along the Balkan route to Germany designed to house some 100,000 asylum seekers as they make their way north. Eastern Europe is struggling with the influx of refugees from the Mid-East and while Hungary has simply decided to close its borders, other states in the region are attempting to strike some sort of middle ground between relenting and allowing migrants to turn the countryside into a superhighway to Germany and implementing a Viktor Orban-style crackdown that lacks any semblance of humanity (say what you will about a country’s right to protect its borders and cultural heritage, but using tear gas and water cannons in conjunction with an attempt to ignite an ultra-nationalist, religious fervor amongst the populace is dangerous at best and outright irresponsible at worst). 

While the effort is admirable - we suppose - it may nonetheless backfire. That is, while it’s certainly not ideal to have hundreds of thousands of people sleeping in the middle of fields and building campfires out of flammable garbage, these ad hoc way stations will almost invariably become overcrowded, unsafe refugee internment camps and they’ll likely be easy targets for vociferous anti-migrant protests or worse. 

That said, there really are no viable alternatives which is frightening considering we’re now headed into winter. Put simply, the “Schengen” concept is rapidly falling apart and unless Europe figures something out soon (and by “soon” we mean in the next couple of weeks) migrants could start to freeze to death. Here’s The Telegraph

Migrants crossing the Balkans will begin freezing to death as winter approaches, the head of European Union has said, as leaders warned the continent was "falling apart" trying to deal with the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.


Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said a solution was urgently needed or thousands of refugee families facing winter temperature on the hillsides and freezing river-banks of Eastern Europe, would die.


"Every day counts," he said. "Otherwise we will soon see families in cold rivers in the Balkans perish miserably."


Miro Cerar, the Slovenian prime minister, said the EU was days from collapse as his country buckled under an “unbearable” influx of migrants.


"If we do not deliver some immediate and concrete actions on the ground in the next few days and weeks I believe the EU and Europe as a whole will start falling apart," he said.


Poorly dressed and under-fed, there are mounting fears they will fall victim to rougher seas and the Balkan winter that can reach minus 15C as they attempt to reach Germany and Sweden.


Aid agencies and human rights groups have also weighed in on the crisis. "As winter looms, the sight of thousands of refugees sleeping rough as they make their way through Europe represents a damning indictment of the EU’s failure to offer a coordinated response to the refugee crisis," said John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International.

If you thought the firestorm surrounding the images of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi was bad, just wait until the pictures of frozen migrant children start to surface on social media. 

In many ways, Europe is damned if they do, damned if they don't. If refugee families are left to freeze in the Balkans because a confederacy of supposedly advanced nations couldn't figure out how to cope with the influx of asylum seekers from the war-torn Mid-East, the history books will be replete with references and images to migrant families freezing to death trying to get to Germany. Then again, if the whole of the EU adopts an open door policy and something goes wrong - or even if nothing goes wrong and the people flows simply serve to change the character of European society forever - the bloc will likely be blamed for not taking a more measured approach. 

Meanwhile, note the bolded passage from The Telegraph article excerpted above: "...the Balkan winter that can reach minus 15C as they attempt to reach Germany and Sweden." Well, if you though anti-migrant sentiment was on the rise in Germany (see the latest PEGIDA rally), just have a look at Sweden where as yet unidentified groups are literally torching refugee shelters. Here's The Telegraph again:

Sweden’s migration authorities on Wednesday moved to hide the locations of buildings earmarked for housing refugees, after attackers set more a dozen prospective refugee centres on fire in a matter of months.


Mikael Ribbenvik, chief operative officer at the Swedish Migration Agency, made the decision after the thirteenth centre, a home for unaccompanied refugee children in the city of Lund, was set alight on Monday.


“We have decided today that where asylum centres are located will from now on be classified information,” Johanna Uhr, a spokeswoman for the agency, told The Telegraph. “We will no longer be sending out any lists of locations.”


The populist Sweden Democrat party has been harshly criticised for last week publishing a map listing the addresses of all asylum centres in and around the city of Lund.


“I find it hard to see that this is anything other than an incitement to commit hate crimes,” Veronica Palm, a Social Democrat MP, told Expressen newspaper.

File photo: A firefighter attends to the scene where arson attackers set fire to a refugee camp near Munkedal, Sweden

File photo: A firefighter extinguishes a fire that broke out at an accommodation for asylum seekers near Munkedal, Sweden

And so sadly, the choice appears to be between bullets, bombs, and sword-wielding jihadists in Syria and freezing to death in the Balkans or else being burned alive in Sweden - and that's assuming you don't die at sea in transit. 

The reports from Sweden underscore our point that Europe's plan to establish makeshift "holding camps" is likely a bad idea. Anti-migrant sentiment is running high among Europeans predisposed to nationalistic ideals and while the facilities torched in Sweden were apparently empty, the  migrant camps along the Balkan route won't be. That said, the alternative is to force asylum seekers to sleep out in the cold and risk going down in history as a union of advanced economies that couldn't even manage to cooperate enough to keep tens of thousands of people from freezing to death. 

Of course the tragic irony is that whatever fate should befall the legions of refugees seeking asylum in Western Europe, it will all be blamed on brutal Mid-East dictators and while autocratic regimes should unquestionably be held to account for their role in creating disaffection among the citizenry, at some point the West needs to wake up and come to terms with the fact that playing Mid-East kingmaker everywhere and always has tragic consequences. Europe's refugee crisis is just the latest example.

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nmewn's picture

Not a problem, Obama's just announced the appointment of a Warmth Czar and he's sending in the Marines!

JoeSexPack's picture

No-Freeze-Zones should work.


$5000 fine &/or 6 months in jail for violation.

JoeSexPack's picture

Dollars-to-donuts Soros & Co are funding this flood.


Quiet payments to debit cards, free phone use, clothing voucher, etc.

Latina Lover's picture

Send them to Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Turkey,  Israel

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

What is wrong with Islamomigrant!? Why is pursue life in Northern Hinterland when is prefer sunny desert place!? This is not making sense any more than is Mexican/Quatamala refuge seeker in Montana or Idaho. Maybe Mexican is like Copper and Potato?

goldhedge's picture

Let them in only if they apostasise from their death cult.

ACP's picture

I'm sure some old school Germans can figure out a way to warm them up nice & toasty.

In any case, they won't freeze, the Europeans will, the ones who are being forced out of their homes to make way for the hajis. They're even nice enough to remove crosses and pulpits from churches so as to not "offend" the invaders:

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

You are maybe learn about where Nazi is formulate "Final Solution"

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem 1929-1948, Amin al-Husseini, Uncle of Yassir Arafat is good friend of Nazi and Mussolini fascist and is provide assistance and advice in deal with "Jewish Problem". German mind is mechanical efficiency, but Islamofascist is monopoly on macabre.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Latina,

Typo O. Just send them to Isreal period.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The IDF will know what to do.  Brilliant!

Bumpo's picture

Drop them off in Libya. I'm sure Hilary will take special care of those unique souls. Please take a careful census of their current gender identification.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is learn valuable lesson - is not mention Grand Mufti on Zero Hedge!

Murf_DaSurf's picture



But have they no refuge, no resource?

Are there no prisons? And the union workhouses - are they still in operation? Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it. Better to decrease the surplus population, then!

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Here is what has already happened: 

Germany is essentially out of liveable heated "empty" structures to house people in.  These are structures such as schools waiting renovation, churches with tiny congregations, empty soviet buildings in the East & large castles in the middle of nowwhere.  There are still more than 40,000 people living in tents, with about 12,000 people showing up every day.  

Here is what is going to happen next:

It has yet to freeze where I am at -- coldest we got to was 2° thus far.  The farther South in Bavaria at higher elevations it dips below freezing every night.  Starting late next month, it won't get above freezing until March.  As soon as you have a little kid or two freeze to death this will happen:

1) Vacation houses for private family use, rentable vacation houses, and second houses will begin to be confiscated by the government.  The government does have this power, it however has never been used.  Last time this was done was when Germany was without a government in 45 & 46 and run by essentially the American military.  Everyone who loses their income properties, vacation homes & castles in the middle of nowhere that have been around for generations will become far right supporters.

2) As people continue to pour in in freezing temperatures, the government will begin to confiscate larger homes, relocating the owners to smaller accomidations and placing large numbers of refugees in their single family home primary residences.  The figure that has been floating around in German media is between 60-75 square meters per person. Thus a family lof 4 with a home of 400 square meters (4300 square feet) would be removed from their only home and sent to smaller accomidations so that they can pack 50 refugees in the house.  In-law suites, remisen, all will be confiscated.  

3) After this is done, the government will start confiscating houses on the market, apartments on the market, both for renting and for purchase.  

4) Thereafter --- assuming there isn't civil/race war here, they'll go after office buildings unoccupied first, then occupied.  

Shit will get crazy.  

mtl4's picture

So from what you're saying it sounds like Germany is in for a revolution because immigrants always get targeted when times turn ugly (likely as soon as winter hits).  Also it will likely crush the social systems because taxpayers will be forced to pay for all the utilities, clothing, food, additonal policing, etc since none of these immigrants will have jobs to pay for anything for quite some time.  I'm sure you can trace much of this nonsense right back to Brussels too.

MalteseFalcon's picture

If you light a fire for an invader, they will stay warm for one night.

If you light an invader on fire, they can stay warm for the rest of their life.

These are not families.  They are men aged 18 to 35 and they are trouble not matter how you look at it.

If the danger is freezing, the humane thing is to limit their movements to temperate zones. 

Or light them on fire.


MalteseFalcon's picture

And those folks that have been encouraging the invaders with tweets and funding; did their tweets mention that winter is coming?

The inhumanity!

TBT or not TBT's picture

Beer, shnapps, pork wurst,and bible study to warm their bodies and souls.  

Md4's picture

If you light a fire for an invader, they will stay warm for one night.

If you light an invader on fire, they can stay warm for the rest of their life."



BillGrossJr.'s picture

Stalin had no Jews freeze to death problem because Polish Jew was kept warm by Nazi oven, but if German no invade Poland, would Stalin take B-Zyklon and then warm-up Jews? Then we no have Islamofascist problem today? And then Georgy Zhukov no hold pistol to young Red Army soldier and make walk over Nazi landmine, so Russian lives saved too? Seem like win-win-win, no?

Freddie's picture

I heard a bus was taking some of them to Sweden, probably.  They refused to get off the bus because it was too cold and isolated.

Sweden in the summer is cold and much of it is isolated.  They wanted to go to Germany.

The invasion is a Soros, UN and US State Department zio plan.

Zelotai's picture

there are many incidents where the so-called refugees refuse to step out of the buses. Some they have told in the newspapers

- there is no tea here

- there are some scary animals here

- they have to cook themselves (some get food served)

- we have to walk or take a bus to buy food

- there is no shop here and no school

- it is cold here in the North, we want to go to Malmoe

- the authorities told us we should live in a big town

- they have not turned on the heat (which was a lie)


Many of the protests have been where the settlement has been cabins that swedish people live in on their vacation with very nice nature and surroundings.

One time they refused to step out of the bus, they also stole the bus drivers computer. He wrote about it on Facebook, then the Twitter fascist leftists started a campaign and he had tell in the newspapers "they are really nice guys". Nice guys, but they stole his computer. Fking fascist-newspapers, they can all go to hell as far as I am concerned.


In one place they complained because there was nothing to do. You could only, relax, play football, watch TV, surf the internet, eat, well most people call that vacation, but the "refugees" were not satisfied.


LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Boris Alatovkrap Oct 29, 2015 7:45 PM

Crisis?  No. Adult male Muslim jihadist population control.

When Popsicle boy thaws he will have 72 male virgins waiting for him to have his way with them (insert funky gay porn music here).

Kobe Beef's picture

Exactly. Thousands of invaders freezing to death is not a crisis. It is a solution to the crisis.


Chuck Walla's picture

Finally, something that makes Twitter relevent. 


Mr Poopra's picture

Israel is all for multiculturalism.  Just not in Israel.

TBT or not TBT's picture

   Israel's got tons of Araba and Muslims.  Millions.  Who are citizens of Israel.  Who vote and work there.  They arent clamoring to get out or to live under the rule of any of the local Arab regimes.  

Nexus789's picture

They have merely swapped one hell for a new free rides. What did they expect. Apparently 80% to 90% can't read or write and only a few have any qualifications.

ASACJon's picture

It's pretty open at this point.  I suggest all that have not already, go to YouTube to watch Barbara Spectre's work in Sweden.

I am very disappointed with ZH's non-stop schilling for this obvious, contrived, and wicked program to smash Europe qua Europe.

98%+ of these people are not Syrians fleeing Syrian war zones.  These are people from all corners of the Muslim world who were given a signal to move out from Turkey and Libya namely and come to EU.

The same Tribe behind the ISIS nonsense is behind this operation.  And plenty-o-traitor goy are only too glad to kill their own for a satchel of silver.  Or Federal Reserve Notes.

fudge's picture

"No Freeze" Zones will be Forced accododation in private housing, I shit you not.

Nexus789's picture

Internment camps and ship them back as they have NOTHING to offer. Unskilled labour is of no use. 

holmes's picture

The way the planet is warming up so fast, these folks are going to be begging for air conditioners.

thesonandheir's picture

It's a crime to be using water cannons in freezing weather.


Lets get the flame throwers down there and get the bbq going instead.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Well 0% interest rates are Islam compatible, so the refugees have that to look forward to.  

lakecity55's picture

Tough Titty, super kitty.

They will just gang up on some European family, knife them, and take their house.

Euro-peons are gonna be cold this winter!

Neochrome's picture

What is winter like in Saudi Arabia?


tenpanhandle's picture

the same as summer - a shit hole unless you reside in the house of saud.

Dickweed Wang's picture

. . . . a shit hole unless you reside in the house of saud.


Then it's a degenerate, head chopping, scum-bag shit hole . . . .

Pure Evil's picture

Just don't bring your sons.

There's some buggery to be had.

ArgentoFisico's picture

Much colder i guess (and I'm serious)

Parth's picture

Heavy snow. Ski slopes should be good. Go there this Christmas and have some egnogg and warm brandy on the way.

izzee's picture

Who cud have known that it wud get so cold in the winter.

(yeh, well, but at least they're all dead, we have a very good excuse...IT GOT VERY COLD...)

What?? What?? you want us to build Camps with crematoriums....If you Recall, That did not go over so well.




tenpanhandle's picture

ve haf nice varm oven.  it is not our fault they choose the freezing.

Handful of Dust's picture

Must be Gloabl Warming or Climate Change. Who ever heard a cold in winter?



crash already's picture

72 virgins for freezing to death?