Europe's Migrant Crisis: Views From Central Europe

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as in France, Germany or Scandinavia. In addition, hundreds of migrants who have been relocated to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which rank among the poorest EU countries, have since fled to Germany and other wealthier countries in the bloc.
  • "It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions." — Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o.
  • "I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country. That is a historical experience for us." — Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, referring to Hungary's occupation by the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1699.

The European Union has initiated legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing to comply with a controversial order to take in thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The so-called infringement procedure, which authorizes the European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union, to sue member states that are considered to be in breach of their obligations under EU law, could lead to massive financial penalties.

The dispute dates back to September 2015, when, at the height of Europe's migration crisis, EU member states narrowly voted to relocate 120,000 "refugees" from Italy and Greece to other parts of the bloc. This number was in addition to a July 2015 plan to redistribute 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece.

Of the 160,000 migrants to be "shared," nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe were ordered to take in around 15,000 migrants. Although the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia voted against the agreement, they were still required to comply.

Since then, several Central European EU member states have vehemently refused to accept their assigned quotas of migrants. Poland, for example, has a quota of 6,182 migrants, not one of whom has been admitted. The Czech Republic has a quota of 2,691 migrants, of whom only 12 have been taken. Hungary has a quota of 1,294, none of whom have been admitted.

In the EU as a whole, so far only around 20,000 migrants have been relocated (6,896 from Italy and 13,973 from Greece), according to the EU's latest relocation and resettlement report, published on June 13, 2017. Of the 28 EU member states, only Malta has taken in its full quota — 131 migrants.

Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as in France, Germany or Scandinavia. In addition, hundreds of migrants who have been relocated to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which rank among the poorest countries in the EU, have since fled to Germany and other wealthier countries in the bloc.

Meanwhile, the enforcers of European "unity" have sought to shame the Central European holdouts into compliance by appealing to nebulous concepts such as European "values" and "solidarity." French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, recently warned:

"European countries that do not respect the rules should pay the full political consequences. There is a double betrayal. They decide to abandon EU principles, turn their back on Europe and have a cynical approach to the union which gives them money, without respecting its values."

Leaders in Central and Eastern Europe have held their ground. In Poland, Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o said her country would not be blackmailed by European Union officials. In a speech to Parliament on May 24, two days after the jihadist attack in Manchester, England, in which a Polish couple was killed, she said:

"We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite.... Rise from your knees and from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.


"If you cannot see this — if you cannot see that terrorism currently has the potential to hurt every country in Europe, and you think that Poland should not defend itself — you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.


"It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions. Do we want strong politicians who can see the danger and can fight against it efficiently?"

In a May 24 speech, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o said her country would not be blackmailed by European Union officials: "We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite... This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions." (Illustrative image source: European Parliament/Flickr)

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz B?aszczak said that agreeing to European Union quotas would "certainly be worse" than any punishment meted out by Brussels:

"We must not forget the terror attacks that have taken place in Western Europe, and how — in the bigger EU countries — these are unfortunately now a fact of life. Remember, that the now very numerous Muslim communities in Western Europe started out as relatively small numbers....


"I tell my counterparts in Western Europe that the relocation strategy only intensifies illegal migration because traffickers get even more customers when would-be migrants hear that people delivered to Europe are being given refuge in EU nations other than Italy and Greece."

Henryk Kowalczyk, a Polish member of parliament, said:

"Poland makes a contribution to the EU.... We are doing what the bloc says, what the treaties say. If the French president was thinking of refugees, well that issue is not mentioned in the treaties and when we joined the European Union we were not taking on that commitment."

Poland's European Affairs Minister Konrad Szyma?ski added: "There is no conflict on values between the Commission and Poland — it is about how to interpret these values."

In the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that "given the deteriorating security situation in Europe and the non-functioning of the quota system, the Czech government will not participate in it." He added: "We are ready to defend our position in the EU and the relevant judicial institutions."

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek said that EU should focus on "economic and social convergence among EU countries, rather than attempts to distribute migrants with forced quotas." He pointed out that in some Eastern European countries, "the most vulnerable inhabitants are often poorer than the incoming migrants themselves."

Zaorálek added that "people who are coming have no real interest in being integrated" and want to live with their "partners from similar cultural, ethnic, religious backgrounds." He said that people in Central and Eastern Europe do not want to "repeat the mistake of the Western countries" which have "neighborhoods full of thousands and thousands of people living in imperfect living conditions" and which are "very risky, not only during the night but also during the day." He pointed out that "there are no suicide bombers among Ukrainians or Vietnamese," two long-established communities in the Czech Republic.

In Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico said that mass migration and forced multiculturalism would change the essence of his country:

"I think it is the duty of politicians to talk about these things very clearly and openly. I do not want to see a Muslim community in Slovakia. I do not want there to be several tens of thousands of Muslims who gradually begin to promote their ideology. We do not want to change the traditions of this country, which are built on the Christian tradition. It has been like this for centuries. Sovereignty and national pride must be part of our ruling coalition."

Fico added that 95% of so-called refugees were actually economic migrants:

"We will not assist in this folly with arms opened wide with the notion that we will accept them all regardless of whether they are economic migrants or not. We must start telling the truth about migration."

In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has warned of the "explosive consequences" of a culture clash between Europe and migrants from the Muslim world:

"To understand what we must do, we need to grasp the true nature of the situation we are facing. Europe is not in the grip of a 'refugee problem' or a 'refugee situation,' but the European continent is threatened by an ever mounting wave of modern-era migration. Movement of people is taking place on an immense scale, and from a European perspective the number of potential future immigrants seems limitless.


"With each passing day we see that hundreds of thousands have been turning up and clamoring at our borders, and there are millions more intending to set out for Europe, driven by economic motives....


"We must acknowledge that the European Union's misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation. Irresponsibility is the mark of every European politician who holds out the promise of a better life to immigrants and encourages them to leave everything behind and risk their lives in setting out for Europe. If Europe does not return to the path of common sense, it will find itself laid low in a battle for its fate....


"Let us not forget that those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims. This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? If we lose sight of this, the idea of Europe could become a minority interest in its own continent."

Referring to Hungary's occupation by the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1699, Orbán said:

"I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country. We do not like the consequences of having a large Muslim community that we see in other countries and I do not see any reason for anyone else to force us to create ways of living together in Hungary that we do not want to see. That is a historical experience for us."


HenryKissinger… (not verified) cossack55 Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:33 Permalink

ALL acording to plan...nothing to see here, it is just a plan to turn europe into a future race of mongrel Jew-worshippers...check also:-KALERGI plan (miscegenation into low IQ brown mongrels) / also Hooton plan-George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan Merkel Plan Compassion and Control…-Charlemagne Prize BEARERS list professional rapefugee smuggler operation… divörsity™ Lerner Spectre"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." ~ Barbara Lerner Spectre"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit...The man of the future will be a mongrel.  Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian–Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."Practical Idealism - by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

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petar (not verified) HenryKissinger… (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:04 Permalink

The whole Europe benefits from those wars, including Poland, Hungary, and Czech. The least they could do is to help couple of million people find a better life, a life that the EU and US destroyed. All this whining is for more money, nothing less!

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NumberNone petar (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:50 Permalink

Libya was the stopping point and destination for much of the sub-sahara africans looking for opportunity.  It was a wealthy, prosperous country that had jobs.  Now it's a slavery, rape capital of the world.  Wonder how that came about?Liberals world-wide should shut the fuck up telling others that we should do what's right by these migrants when they celebrate the very person that caused this mess in the first place.…

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Infnordz petar (not verified) Tue, 07/04/2017 - 15:40 Permalink

(((petar))) you look damned like an SJW cuck.As pointed out by others, this is not just about money, it is far more about cultural/identity destruction and invasion by r-type, parasitic, alien degenerates.The hypocritical/disloyal r-type SJW politicians of various Western countries have zombie joined destructive, neo-con, USA Imperial conquest which irronically doesn't benefit those countries, as a whole, and are obviously increasingly out-of-touch with decent people in Europe; we K-types are becoming alarmed and fed up, thus the rise of Alt-right (not the stale, even r-type, old/hard right) and neo-tribal identity groups, which hopefully will grow enough to force r-type multi-culturalism and other Cultural Marxism out!As more people learn about and read the book "SJWs always lie" more anti-SJW wars like GamerGate will crush more infestations of r-type disloyal SJWs!

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el buitre CheapBastard Tue, 07/04/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

I might also suggest that Rabid Dog stop bombing their homes as they are sent back.  The USSA fucks who participated in the destruction of Libya and Syria, starting with the Hildabeast and the Magic Mullato,  should be brought up on war crimes, in the USA not the satainista UN puppet Hague, and executed if convicted.

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TheSilentMajority Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:11 Permalink

The vast majority are economic migrants.

Can't blame the economic migrants for coming....But you can blame Germany for them coming, because Germany has actually invited them to come with their world famous "open door" policy.

The art of war:
- mass immigration, both illegally & legally
- breed much faster than the indigenous population
- bankrupt the state with mammoth new security costs and new unsustainable welfare costs
- gain overwhelming political power
- initiate blasphemony laws and sharia courts

Caliphate accompli.


css1971 TheSilentMajority Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:43 Permalink

Forced migration has been used in the past to defeat opponents.People form communities, or ghettos when they migrate to other cultures. It's completely natural. Language barriers are enormous, cultural thought patterns are different, bureaucracies are entirely different. So this creates a second completely distinct enttity within the host society, the idea of "integration" is mostly nonsense. It's simply too hard, it literally takes generations.This community entity then forms an interface, a surface along which society is now divided and it forms a fracture point when pressure is applied. This is exactly what we're seeing today. It's a form of "soft power" being used to fracture western society from above.Millions of culturally different immigrants are brought in, they naturally form communities, and pressure is applied in the form of social justice, diversity to cause society to schism.The aim as far as I can tell is to end the idea of the nation state, to make it crumble from within. (to subsequently create an EU state? World government?)Diversity literally means divided, multiple, not single. The mantra being espoused therefore is of strength through division or even better unity through division. Classic doublethink. Straight out of 1984. The techniques being applied are marxist/leninist and are an extension of "divide and conquer". Anyone think this is accidental?

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CheapBastard Kidbuck Tue, 07/04/2017 - 08:53 Permalink

This is exactly why we now have 40 million illegals here in America. Under the muzlim president for 8 years laws were ignored and worse yet, illegals were given almost all the free shit that hard working Americans can't even get! The last straw is when many state schools handed illegals scholarships with taxpayer money from citizens who worked their whole life...for what? to support illegals who never paid one penny in taxes?No common sense but it shows Obama's hatred of America.

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Killdo css1971 Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:38 Permalink

they want Europe to be like the USSA - divided into many fractions - so everyone is scared of everyone else. Even marketing is based on creating panoramic fear - being a bit scared of everything - so you jusst sit home and/or shop fearfully and slavishly. Marketing is also based on creating disatisfaction especially with yourself (i.e. you are a fat shit and you hate yourself, but if you buy that lipstick Madona is advertising...maybe you will be cute...?)Psychopaths in charge don't like strong society - they want it fragmented. They also don't give a fuck about their own peopel especially foreigners. If you want to help Arabs - stop bombing them for no reason - it's as simple as that. The biggest strengths of Europe. Japan etc is social cohesion. One of the first NSA leaks published by Greenwald has a diagram - things that brign society together (shared oposition, common belief, shared ideology) and things that pull a society apart (personal power, competition, ideological differences, pre-existing cleaveges). That's what the psychos who rule the US/EU and their useful idiots want. We already have it here in the USSA - sheeple are obsessed with irrational competition, personal power (yet they mostly have no confidence) etc. Once you lose national identity and culture - you are nothing but a fearful, lost , dumb , broke consumer addicted to Big Pharma shit, Big Food's sugar/coffee, Hollywood moronic dumb shit and other  crap - you are half dead not a free human. And you know it, but since you entered a Dark Age of social intelligence - you have lost even a memory of better times.Kind of like new grads in the US  - they have lost a memory that 15 years or so ago (when I was a grad) - every grad in the US/UK etc could afford to buy a nice apartment anywhere in the world. Now even if you are a global director of a big startup (liek a friend of mine) you cannot even buy a one bedroom in San Francisco, London etc. And the young grads think this is normal and how it always used to be. Dark Age of everything - that's what the globalist/psychopathic mafia want to achieve in their mentally damaged greed 

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navy62802 Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:09 Permalink

At least Europe has a few strong leaders. It also looks like Austria is preparing to deploy its troops to the Italian border to maintain security. Shit's getting very real in Europe right now.

NuYawkFrankie Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:36 Permalink

BRAVO Hungary, Poland & Czech Rep!

More specifically, you should:

1)Tell Jerkel's Junta - aka EU - to go fck itself!

2)Do likewise to the USSA/ISISrael Axis whose WARS & ETHNIC CLEANSING for A Greater ISISrael are causing this migrant flood imploding your countries.

3)Make nice with Russia before ZIO-Zombie ZATO goes psycho - 'a la Serbia' (with a side-order of 'Freedom Fries') - on YOU!

Killdo Ghordius Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:43 Permalink

I am a Serb and I hope they never join the EU. I tell that to my friends and family who work for the governemt (one of them is quite senior)Croats and Slovens I know regreted joining. EU is a totalitarian BS structure - and I am very happy that Brits are leavingSeveral of my friends work for the EU gvt - it's like a mafia, they don't do anything, make a huge amount of money tax free, get all the benefits for their children, schools, etc. It's worse than communist mafia and their children I rememebr growing up in communist Yugoslavia. And my friends who have senior positions with the EU gvt  think it's a shit show and totalitarian

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Ghordius css1971 Tue, 07/04/2017 - 05:25 Permalink

bingo!you just brought half of the "plan". i.e. some five european countries to leave the EU, and join the US (and UK) in eternal cold war against Russialike Ukraine. remember Ukraine? the now "best friend" of the US and "worst enemy" of Russia?you know what? try it. and see the western continental countries shrugging their shoulders and caring even lessyour problem, though, is how to convince Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, etc. to leave the EUeven more, try to convince Poles that Brexit is not something against them, a huge case of "ethnic-linguistic hate" versus the Polish Nationseriously, how do you think Brexiteers-sounding slogans can find any support from Poles?what goes around, comes around. a case of chicken coming home to roost

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bigkahuna Ghordius Tue, 07/04/2017 - 06:33 Permalink

If the EU bureaucrats decide to go after these countries who are protecting themselves - then you may see some or all of them driven into the arms of another "auspice".We have our own issues here - but at least our illegals are not a festering hive of terrorists! I can not believe what the EU is forcing on it's member countries. I can not believe what our own government had tried to do here - and may still be trying to do here. You big government apologists and your dinglers are going to get a lot of people killed off - but you already knew that...

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