Monday 16 May 2016

UN says Syrian refugees are mostly economic migrants

Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, speaking to the Huffington Post, admits,
“The number one reason why people leave Syria is not the bombs or the food or the cold, it’s because they want to find educational opportunities for their children."
In other words, most Syrian refugees are primarily economic migrants.

You might think that that can hardly come as a surprise, but to very many innocent people it will be one.

Nevertheless, Mr. Møller thinks migrants are a "good thing for every country" and points out that the current wave adds a mere 0.2% to the population of Europe. So nothing to worry about. He also deplores widespread antipathy to migrants settling in Europe caused by the fact that 80% are Muslims and the 'completely unacceptable' depiction of 'every Muslim' as either a terrorist or criminal.  


  1. Of course the ISIS crisis is being used as a mass migration opportunity...
    When Romania was debating the acceptance of migrants, I thought "they won't want to stay here - their target is Western Europe." It also seamed like a mass export of, hmm, an entire army...

  2. The Gulf states spend much money on helping refugees - in camps near the border. EXACTLY what Europe should do.

  3. Well, all the schools in Syria have probably been blown to hell. Many articles have been written about a generation of young Syrians growing up with no education -- probably not a sound preparation for today's world. Maybe when/if the situation settles down in Syria the West, Russia and the Gulf States could invest in rebuilding schools there. Could be in our self-interest.

  4. I've been saying that for a long time. It merely highlights just how useless the UN is. Talk about locking the barn door after the horse has escaped. Alan