The debate in Europe regarding so-called “unaccompanied” minor refugees is starting to heat up. The V4 Report believes this issue has been given little critical thought as to the best methods of assisting these teen males while not sacrificing the safety of Europeans. We believe the current system in Europe is deeply flawed on both accounts.
Germany’s FDP leader Christian Lindner spoke amid growing debate about unaccompanied migrants after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old German girl last month by a suspect later identified by police as her former boyfriend, a 15-year-old Afghan refugee who had entered Germany in early 2016.
The girl who was killed had filed charges days earlier accusing the Afghan teenager of harassing and threatening her after she broke up with him, police officials said.
Lindner believes that authorities should be able to deport unaccompanied minors who resisted “educational measures” and caused problems, if their families could be identified in their home countries.
We believe Christian Lindner has correctly identified an issue to be studied but his statement is simplistic and unrealistic. For example, how does Lindner propose to identify their families in Afghanistan? Good luck, but we believe it would be nearly impossible to locate their parents.
In addition, Lindner’s plan does nothing to prevent the future crimes of “unaccompanied minors”. Unfortunately, for the victims and their families, this plan does nothing to alleviate their pain.
While we agree with the FDP leader on deportation (without his strings), we believe the issue of so-called “minor refugees” is much deeper and must be dealt with in an entirely different way. “Relocation” into Europe for this demographic group of teen males may be the worst possible solution for all involved.
To get an accurate picture of the situation, one must first digest some reality regarding the so-called “unaccompanied minor refugees”. The overwhelming majority are not nine-year-old girls as envisioned by the media, but aggressive teenage males (or adult males lying about their age). Only 8% of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the UK in 2015 were, in fact, under 14. This is according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Instead, 70-80% were teen males between the ages of 14-17. Nor was there a balance of boys and girls. Some 91% were male.
The first step is to immediately identify their real age. The technology exists and many adult migrants are simply lying about their status in order to receive better benefits and upgraded protection. Those caught lying must be immediately deported for the safety of Europeans and to send a strong message of deterrence to future adult migrants, who waste valuable time and resources that otherwise could be used to help those truly in need of special protection.
Secondly, the true “unaccompanied minors” must not be allowed to roam Europe. Most of these teenage males are immature, aggressive and vulnerable to radicalization. They need supervision and discipline and should not be exploring Europe on their own. This is a recipe for disaster as we witnessed in Cologne and elsewhere.
One cannot expose their citizens to “unaccompanied” teenage males in this matter. It is not only abnormal but highly irresponsible. Sweden, which took in large amounts so-called “unaccompanied minors” from Afghanistan, is now struggling with the predictable consequences of mayhem in their streets.
In addition, how does “relocating” teenage males into a foreign culture help them? What are their prospects at success in Europe without basic skills or the knowledge of the language? Without the proper guidance, most do not posses the maturity to succeed at adulthood at this age – let alone in a foreign country. Why is the EU fighting human nature?
Socialists and NGOs may think they are being “humane”, but they are setting up these teens for failure and exposing European communities to unnecessary risks.
How many of these teens will end up abused by the criminal underworld or destined for a life on the streets or used as a sex slaves? Moreover, without strong role models, how many will become vulnerable to radicalization by Islamic extremists? This type of uncontrolled environment only invites the criminal underworld into European communities.
If the UN, Brussels, Pope Francis and the NGOs want to help, they can stop asking Europeans to sacrifice their security and culture at the altar of political correctness.
Instead, they may want to start thinking about establishing special camps outside of Europe designed specifically for these vulnerable teenage males. The camps could be run by coaches, teachers, counselors and other professional specialists who are trained to mold these young minds into successful adults who can one day help rebuild their own countries.
This specialized type of “boarding school” facility would feature structure and discipline while offering a blended program that includes academics, athletics, personal development and counseling therapy. The teen migrants would be boarded, supervised and separated from the adult migrants.
Is this plan perfect? Of course not, but unfortunately the life of a teen refugee will not be perfect. However, this is a start and certainly a far superior alternative to the failed relocation policies of Germany and Brussels.
We realize these teens need much support. However, allowing them to roam the EU not only endangers Europeans but also exposes these vulnerable teens to the criminal ‘dark side’ that lurks beneath the shadows.
Germany may be an economic power, but they remain “on their knees”, allowing the actions of others to control their destiny. Parents should provide discipline and guidance for their children; they should not be ruled by them.
Unfortunately, a 15-year old German girl and her family have suffered the consequences of a misguided policy that sacrifices Europeans under the false humanity of “open borders” and “relocation”.
Liberals and socialists tend to believe they have a “monopoly” on compassion and are often intolerant to different views and solutions. However, they must realize that this debate is not about their “delusions of grandeur”.
Any solution must first protect Europeans from the dangers of mass migration while finding the best way to help the true refugees in the most efficient way possible.