Oh, the irony. Europeans, and Germans in particular, have bent over backwards -- often at their own citizens' great expense -- to accommodate ungrateful refugees. Now, those same refugees are buying one-way tickets back to their war-torn country because they didn't like the food and accommodations. The LA Times reports:
With a one-way ticket home to Iraq in his hands and seven months' worth of frustration over intransigent German bureaucracy in his heart, Gazwan Abdulhasen Abdulla gave up on his dreams of a better life in Europe. Homesick and eager to be back with his wife and four small children in Basra, Abdulla was giving up his refugee status as he boarded a crowded Iraqi Airways flight from Berlin's Tegel Airport to Baghdad that would whisk him and 150 other disillusioned former refugees back home in five hours. [...]after more than 1.1 million refugees from troubled lands such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have trekked into Germany over the last 13 months, a small but growing number are heading home.
According to the report, migrants are disgruntled for a number of reasons including disliking the "terrible" and "disgusting" German food, tiresome bureaucracy, and what they view as an unwelcome attitude among Germans.
I suppose migrants didn't get the memo that people aren't going to feel warm and fuzzy about you when you go around raping and pillaging.
Another key reason a growing number of migrants want to return home? They expected to be lavished with large homes, high-paying jobs and other high-end perks upon entry to Germany:
Many refugees say they are now happy to trade a cold, heartless and lonely life in one of Europe's richest countries for the violence, insecurity and poverty back home. And they say they have realized, rather belatedly, that smugglers had sold them a pack of lies about big houses, well-paying jobs and the life of luxury they would find in Germany.
One is not certain how migrants would expect high-paying jobs when most don't even speak German, English or any other language that would ensure such an opportunity. Perhaps they were banking on kind-hearted liberals to just give them a cushy life regardless of how undeserved:
"I wanted to live in peace with my family as far away from war as possible," said Abdulla, a 37-year-old who had worked as a truck driver in Iraq. "But what I've seen in Europe is not what I dreamed about. It's not what [the smugglers] told me it would be.
"The food was terrible, so disgusting that not even animals should be fed it. They made us sleep in these cold, empty buildings and when someone said they were sick, they just ignored us. You could feel it everywhere that Germans looked down at us like we were bums. I miss my family and can't wait to get home."
Something tells me the German people aren't losing a wink of sleep over this new revelation and only hope more will follow suit.
Perhaps it's just me, but when a refugee is supposedly desperate for safe harbor -- desperate to save his or her own life -- is it reasonable that person would reject said safe harbor because it isn't lavish enough? While no one denies Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan are under siege, this report betrays many of the migrants' real intentions. Perhaps their intentions are more about siphoning off material benefits from the West while at the same time working to dismantle it.