Posted 4 years ago on Dec. 16, 2013, 5:55 p.m. EST by JackHall
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Startling influx of Syrian refuges heading toward Europe reported in NY Times. First stop, Bulgaria.
The Bulgarians are unhappy about having an illegal alien problem they can ill-afford. If Syrians believe Europe along the Danube is the land of milk and honey, it won't be for long if all of the Syrian War refugees descend on central Europe like a swarm of locusts.
After spreading turmoil and desperate refugees across the Middle East, Syria’s brutal civil war has now leaked misery into Europe’s eastern fringe — and put a spring in the step of Angel Bozhinov, a nationalist activist in this Bulgarian border town next to Turkey.
Syrians living in a refugee camp at a former military base in Harmanli, Bulgaria. “It is like living in a prison,” one refugee said.
The local leader of Ataka, a pugnacious, far-right party, Mr. Bozhinov lost his seat in the town council at the last municipal elections in 2011 but now sees his fortunes rising thanks to public alarm over an influx of Syrian refugees across the nearby frontier.
“It is like when the Huns came to Europe,” he said, comparing the influx of Syrians to the wild, nomadic warriors who conquered much of Eastern Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries. Amnesty International and other groups that criticize conditions, he said, should stop condemning the Bulgarian authorities and “ask, ‘Why don’t these people know how to use toilets?’ ”
Have Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar opened their borders to Syrian refugees?