Most Syrian “refugees” who arrive in Germany aren’t refugees at all, if the young man described in the article below is any indication.
JLH, who translated the article for Gates of Vienna, includes this brief note:
Yet another tale of a “refugee” who isn’t, only this one sounds like he answered what seemed like an ad for prospective workers. What kind of advertisements is the German government putting into Arabic papers, and why?
The translated article from Epoch Times:
A Refugee who was actually a Traveller
“War?… You Invited Us!”
A Syrian Tells His Story of Escape
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Chance sometimes brings the most interesting stories to light. A young Syrian from Damascus describes for a reporter his reasons for his flight, or rather, his trip to Germany. It came out that he had for more than a year felt himself invited by the German government …
A reporter for the Huffington Post met a young Syrian by chance at the supermarket checkout. Because the store clerk did not know enough English, she could not answer the young man’s questions about cellphone cards. The reporter, Ramin Peymani, helped out and then fell into conversation with the immigrant about his reasons for emigrating. And he got the surprise of his life. Was this just an isolated incident?
A Conversation with astounding Twists
After a friendly start about “where from” and “how long ago?” the conversation with the Syrian — who had lived for a year in the Giessen asylum home, had had to leave and was now living with friends — delved further into the background of his “escape.”
His mother was living in America, his father was long dead and his sister was still in Syria. Escape? No, none of them had to flee. Yes, the Assad regime was cruel and unjust, but it was definitely possible to live in Syria, if you didn’t pick a fight with them. And for this Damascus Syrian, as for most of his countrymen in the camp, the IS was also no problem. The IS was to be found in Iraq, he said.
At this point, Ramin Peymani arrives at a decisive question:
“Are you trying to say that most Syrians are not fleeing war and persecution?”
The young man’s answer is just as stunning as the true reason for his trip to Germany. “Yes, my friends and I left because we did not want to join the army, and it is easier to get a job and earn money in Europe.” Next question: Well, maybe the Assad regime has gotten worse, and that could have caused the rising tide of refugees? Wrong!
“No, he has been in power for quite a few years. He is brutal and has opponents of the regime killed, but that has not affected my family and me. Not my friends either,” the young man elaborates, and then comes to the real and almost unbelievable reason: “This summer in the internet, we saw that Germany is looking for people who want to live here. You invited us to come here. And it said the state would take care of us and we would find work here. But I haven’t found any.”
The “refugee” becomes a “traveller”
The Syrian “traveler” came by way of Turkey, where he had lived for a while, after his mother had emigrated to relatives in the USA. He would have gone there too, but he did not get a visa, in spite of his mother’s green card. Incredulous, the reporter checks once more whether he at least fled to Turkey because of the war. This is just too much for the young man — he laughs. “No,” he went there with friends because they thought they could find work there. But they didn’t like it in Turkey.
Now you may think: But there definitely is war in Syria. That’s true. But people there are living with it. The bombs, the war — that’s a part of their lives, and no one would leave because of that. At least no one he knows. He had had two weeks in Turkey. He wanted to go to Germany because you could stay there. Ramin Peymani is still a little skeptical: “Is your story typical of those who leave Syria?”
And the young Syrian — whose story may not be representative enough for some, and yet is from a first-hand source — answered: “I think most of them leave for the same reason I did. All of the men of my age — they just want to live better somewhere else. On the boat trip to Greece, there was a woman with a child in the boat with us. That was something unusual for us. But no one touched her — one of the men was watching out. Then, in Gießen, I met several families, but they came from Damascus as I did, and came to Germany because you can live better here.”