Since a few months ago, Europe has been assaulted with an increasing number of refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Most are young people, men and women, children travelling alone. They are running away from Africa, Middle East, from famine and mostly from war. They pay fortunes (sometimes even $10,000) to human traffickers for a passage to Europe, a very complicated and long route ending almost always in a sinking boat. Once in boat, there is no shelter, no food, no water, no protection. No protection from the weather conditions, but also from robbers, buglers, rapers. Not rarely, the smugglers just abandon the boat during trip, leaving the people at the mercy of the sea. Frequently is a trip to death. Numerous ships filled with hundreds of migrants have sank and all people died. In Europe, the opinion is divided. Some say these people are just opportunists, trying to get “easy” money from the European governments. They say Europe can’t receive all of them, that there is no place for so many people. Others, agree a solution must be found. Europe can’t close its eyes to so much suffering, despair and death at its doors.
Germany is one of the most desired destinations for the migrants. And, Germany has been receiving thousands of them. In Germany, they are put in temporary shelters. Asylum-seekers who have a reduced chance of of getting the refugee status are put in shelters close to the borders. They are bound not to stay long. The others are gathered in temporary shelters. There is surveillance in most of this places, and people have no real freedom. More, there have been several cases of mistreatment reported. As an asylum-seeker you are forbidden to work for 3 whole years. Therefore, even if the people want to be integrated, and have a job, there is no real chance! After 3 years there is a high probability that the government sends them back to their country, or to a neighboring country, e.g., to a refugee camp. However, this is not the only problem asylum-seekers face in Germany. With a large fraction of the population opposing the entrance of the migrants, xenophobic actions are very common. There are websites registering the location of shelters homes. This information is used by all kind of people, in particular, by those with foul intentions. Numerous of these shelters have been set on fire and destroyed. There have been demonstrations against the migrants. Yes, Germany is an wealthy country. Yes, Germany could receive a large proportion of of the migrants. However, a large part of the population is actually against receiving them. In such a xenophobic environment, lack of compassion and lack of will to help the refugees someone should let the refugees know about it. It is sad, but … Germany does not really welcome you!