Refugee Crisis Has Left Europe a War Zone

The European migrant crisis, or the European refugee crisis, began in 2015 when rising numbers of people arrived illegally in the European Union, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe.

The trend was brought to the world’s attention during the 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations, there were mass sexual assaults, at least 24 rapes, and numerous thefts in Germany, mainly in Cologne city center. There were similar incidents at the public celebrations in Hamburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Bielefeld. For all of Germany, police report that 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and estimate that at least 2,000 refugee men were involved, acting in groups.

All of the incidents involved women being surrounded and assaulted by groups of men on the street. Police reported that the perpetrators were men of “Arab or North African appearance” and said that Germany had never experienced such mass sexual assaults before.The German Federal Criminal Police Office said the incidents were a phenomenon very common in some Arab countries as taharrush jamai.

Europe’s rate of sexual assault skyrocketed as the refugees arrived as have other crimes of violence.

Terrorism

The US State Department is warning Americans that traveling to Europe risks being caught in a terrorist attack. The ‘Travel Alert’ is set to remain in place for the next four months.

Between 60 and 80 Islamic State operatives in Europe are preparing to carry out attacks, a Dutch counterterrorism official warned last week, adding that the terrorist group is asking its militants to forgo traveling to Syria or Iraq and take the fight to Europe instead.

Paris is at War

There are currently between 4,000 and 5,000 European terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria, warned Dick Schoof, the Netherlands’ National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, adding that “the chance of attack in the Netherlands is real.”

An official statement referred to recent attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al Qaeda, as well as their affiliates, against France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Further terrorist attacks may be carried out, even as “local governments continue counter-terrorism operations,” the State Department said.

Civil Unrest

The political divide is not just an American problem, pro-immigration Socialists/Communists are also becoming more violent around the world.

In Europe there are protests by immigrants, anti-immigration protests and Socialists/Communists are also on the rise.

 

Paris

Commemorations around the Bastille square turned violent after Molotov cocktails were thrown at police by black-masked activists, leaving at least one officer with serious burn wounds. Other protesters threw smoke bombs to disorientate police, who in turn fired tear gas to try and control the crowd.

Berlin

Thousands of police were on-guard in Berlin’s traditionally left-wing Kreuzberg neighborhood to avoid a repeat of the violence of previous years, such as in 2009, when 273 officers were injured during clashes with rioters. While most of the day’s celebrations went off without incident, some black-clad protesters started throwing stones and firecrackers at police. Tear gas was discharged and several arrests were made. Meanwhile, in the eastern town of Apolda around 100 people were arrested after allegedly hurling rocks and firecrackers at police officers.

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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