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Christian Asylum Seekers in Holland Intimidated by Muslims and the Widespread Trouble with Muslim Immigrants

December 7, 2010


Christian asylum seekers in three thirds of the asylum seekers centers in Holland (so-called "AZC's") are seriously intimidated. In about one third of those asylum centers Christian asylum seekers are even subjected to physical violence. The perpetrators are usually fellow asylum seekers from Muslim countries. This was shown in an inquiry by the Gift Foundation ("Stichting Gave") in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, which specializes in assistance to Christian asylum seekers.

"Stichting Gave" asked 24 local working group contact persons who both know these asylum seekers and 28 Dutch asylum centers the following question: "Do you know asylum seekers who because they are Christians or former Muslims are subjected to discrimination?" Eighteen of the respondents, or 75%, said yes, six of the respondents, or 25%, said no. The number those who did not know was zero. The next question was: "Have any death threats been uttered?" In this case there were fifteen respondents, and ten of them, or 67%, said yes, four of them, or 27%, did not know and just one of the respondents said no. The third question was concerning physical violence, and here again there were fifteen respondents. Five of them, or 33%, said yes, six of them, or 40%, said no, four of them, or 27 percent, did not know.

Although the inquiry was limited to 28 asylum seekers centers (nearly half the total number of 59 centers, though), a spokesman for "Stichting Gave" told me recently that he does not rule out that cases of harassment, intimidation or physical violence are occuring in other asylum centers, too. "Stichting Gave" asked their contact persons to describe a number of individual cases concerning Christians in Dutch asylum centers who have been subjected to discrimination, threats or physical violence. There was, for example, the case of a young Christian male from Pakistan who felt seriously intimidated by Muslims as they burned Christian books in front of his door. Another young Christian male from Afghanistan does not want to talk openly about his Christian convictions out of fear for Muslims. Another case concerns a Muslim couple who converted to Christianity. Muslims inside as well as outside the asylum center then began to intimidate and threaten them. In one asylum center Christian asylum seekers from Erithrea happened to have Somali neighbors. In the kitchen they were asked by these neighbors: "You are not Muslims, so you eat pork, don't you?" Their Eritrean children want to become Muslims. "Then we won't be bothered anymore," they told their parents.

Recently baptized Christian Muslim converts cannot avoid participating in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan if they wish to keep their conversion to another faith secret. Indeed, they are still very much afraid of the implications if their recent conversion to Christianity would be known to fellow Muslim asylum seekers. Another Christian asylum seeker in Holland was thrown down the stairs.They then heard that the next victim would be their defenseless child.

It seems that equally defenseless female Christian asylum seekers have to bear the brunt of hostile treatment on the part of Muslims. The Dutch TV news program "Uitgesproken EO" interviewed a Christian woman from Iraq. She was forced to go into hiding after Muslim asylum seekers attacked her, injuring her as they threw her from her bike. (Such injuries can really hurt, I know from experience.) The ineffective "Central Accomodate Organ Asylum Seekers" or COA failed to act. The only lame decision they took was to transfer the poor victim of this attack – a middle aged woman – to another asylum center where she chose to hide her Christian convictions.

In other words, it is not the perpetrators who are being punished, but their very victims. Mind you, Christians in Iraq are heavily persecuted by Muslims who a bomb their churches, kill their courageous pastors and priests. This has been going on for years now. Back in August 2004, Daniel Pipes, an American expert on Islam and Director of the Middle East Forum, wrote that Christians "are disappearing from Iraq" – and they still do so today. "Christian women are threatened unless they cover their heads in the Islamic fashion," Pipes writes. "Random Christians have been assassinated. These assaults have prompted Iraqi Christians, one of the oldest Christian bodies in the world, to leave their country in record numbers."

And what happened to that middle aged Christian woman from Iraq who fled the horrors of her home country hoping and expecting to be safe from persecution in small, nice and peaceful Holland, a so-called Christian country? Those in charge of the very asylum center where she supposedly would be free from harassment and violence could not even protect her and punish her Muslim attackers. After she managed to flee deadly persecution by Muslims in Iraq, she is once again the victim of persecution by the same kind of aggressive and intolerant Muslims, but now in the country of refuge where she should have felt quite safe.

Dutch members of parliament were flabbergasted, and rightly so. Joel Voordewind ("Christen-Unie" party) said in the Dutch TV program "Uitgesproken EO" that Bibles have been burned and Christian asylum seekers have received death threats. "We will kill you," they were told – by Muslims in Holland, that is. "It is not the Muslim perpetrators who are punished, but their victims who now have to leave the asylum center," Voordewind said. "This is the world turned upside down." Voordewind and other Dutch MP's (Van Klaveren, PVV party, Sterk, CDA party, Van Nieuwenhuijzen, VVD party, Spekman, PvdA party, Schouw, D'66 party and Van der Staaij, SGP party) put parliamentary questions to Gerd Leers, the new Minister of Immigration and Asylum Policy. They want to know, among other things, what the authorities are going to do to make Dutch asylum centers a safe place for all those who live there. They also asked Minister Leers the following question: "Do you agree with us that if there are persons who are the victim of death threats and ill-treatment, that it is not the victim who should be transferred to another location, but that it is the perpetrator who should be put in foreigners' detention?" They also want the asylum procedure to be stopped for those asylum seekers who repeatedly issue (death) threats or are perpetrators of ill-treatment.

The trouble with Somali asylum seekers: hostile to the "terrible" West, yet less hostile to collecting (Western) benefits

Muslim asylum seekers from Somalia, the Middle East and Afghanistan are often intolerant towards former Muslims, Muslim converts to Christianity, so-called "apostates," that is. According to the Koran these former Muslims even deserve the death penalty. A young woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali Magan applied for asylum in Holland in 1992. She later became an "infidel" or "apostate." She now says Muslims would be better off if they would convert to Christianity, even though she is not a Christian herself. When she was in the Dutch asylum center, she did not have a high regard for fellow Somali asylum seekers. They were lazy, arrogant, hostile to (Westernized) women and weren't integrating into Dutch society. Instead, they were largely interested in receiving money from the state and then complain about the very country that granted them shelter. "Most just chewed 'qat' all night and sat around talking about how terrible Holland was," Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote in her book "Infidel."

Robbert van Lanschot, a knowledgeable Dutch diplomat who visited Somalia, Iraq, Kosovo and Erithrea, claims that Somalis who want to apply for asylum in the Netherlands often receive money from family members for their trip to Europe. Once they have been accepted as refugees in Holland, they claim (child) benefits. They are then expected to send money regularly to these family members. This is seen as a kind of "business venture," van Lanschot writes. He also claims that so-called Somali refugees in Holland often wait until the very moment when they receive a Dutch passport. After that most of them don't wait very long and to move to England where the Somali immigrant community is much larger. But they fail to inform Dutch city authorities that they now live in Britain and so these very nice people continue to receive Dutch child benefits. Let us assume that they just forgot to inform Dutch authorities about their new country of residence. But why, then, do they not forget to return frequently to Holland to collect child benefit money to which they are no longer entitled?

Cheating the Dutch benefit system is not at all unusual among Somali and Moroccan immigrants, by the way. A former Deputy Minister Social Affairs named Mark Rutten (currently the Dutch Prime Minister) desperately tried to do something about these widespread practices of fraud by former Somali asylum seekers. But some liberal judge in the city of Haarlem (near Amsterdam) then lamely ruled that "by singling out Somalis" Mr. Rutte was guilty of "racial discrimination"! Van Lanschot writes that Somali benefit fraud cost the Dutch tax payer half a billion euros ("ruim een half miljard euro"). There are more than 35,000 Dutch Somalis in Britain now. Most of them live in Bradford and Manchester. The tortuous practices of female circumcision are widespread among Somali communities both in Europe and the United States. Hostility towards the "terrible" West and oppression of women is inherent to backward Somali clan culture. If the West is as "terrible" as they claim it is, why, then, did they decide to emigrate en masse to Holland, Britain and the United States? Why didn't they go to another Muslim country?

Somali and other Muslim converts to Christianity in Holland fear for their lives

There are not so many Somali converts to Christianity in Holland. For some reason, these people cannot testify openly about their new faith. We would normally associate communist or Muslim dictatorships such as North Korea and Saudi Arabia with hostility towards Christianity, would we not? Local Christians in North Korea and Saudi Arabia have to meet secretly in so-called "underground churches," otherwise these people will go to jail or might even face a death sentence. But believe it or not, this is now happening right here in tolerant and liberal Holland where there are also a few "underground churches." We are referring to churches where Somali Christians have to meet in secret, a well researched article in the Dutch radio and TV magazine "Visie" claims. And these Somali Christians only do so out of fear for their sometimes naturalized Somali country men.

In backward Somalia the punishment for conversion to Christianity is death. "In 2008, Somali militias beheaded fifteen Somali converts to Christianity," a human rights organization reported. Thirteen Christians were beheaded between January and August 2009. Death threats have also been issued against Somali Christians in Holland by Somali family or clan members. Nevertheless, some 25 Somali Christians secretly attend church services every month, one of those Christians claims. He says that some members of this secret "underground church" have been subjected to ill-treatment, or they have been cast out by their families. Others received serious death threats. "Even a Somali cannot just unexpectedly walk into our church, you never know if he is not an infiltrator," he says.

Muslim converts to Christianity in Holland – in 2009 about 200 – are often afraid to inform the police that Muslims threatened or intimidated them. But they do inform people whom they really trust. Eerde de Vries, an active member of the free reformed "Morgensterkerk" in the northern city of Leeuwarden, says that about 80 former Muslims visit his biannual special Arab language church service. "I sometimes hear from them that people received real death threats, via SMS, for example. I also hear stories about people who have been hit by others."

I personally know a sixty-two year old woman who together with others gives a naturalization course to immigrants. She complaints they know nothing about the Holocaust and World War II. She also told me that for some reason the Christians in her classroom are afraid of the Muslims.

The trouble with (former) asylum seekers from Muslim countries

Certainly not all Muslim asylum seekers and migrants are criminals or radicals. Yet, Western security services are deeply worried about the impact made by militant Muslims on the Muslim immigrant communities in Europe and North America. Those communities partly consist of former asylum seekers, many others are economic migrants.

Abu Qatada, Omar Bakri Mohammed, Mullah Krekar and Anwar Shaban, what do they have in common? All them are former asylum seekers who sought refuge in the West. Abu Qatada and Omar Bakri Mohammed went to Britain, Mullah Krekar applied for asylum in Norway and Anwar Shaban successfully sought asylum in Italy. All them were (and are) leaders of Islamist movements and are admirers of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. (Many other examples could be given.) This is their way of saying "thank you" for granting them shelter and protection and other benefits (welfare money, for example).

A British study on the Security Service MI5 finds that "two-thirds of Security Service resources continued to be devoted to countering Islamist terrorism." This is "a serious long-time threat." "The threat of Al-Qaeda had been underestimated in 2003 and that Britain was directly threatened by home-grown terrorists." Between July 2005 and February 2008, MI5 and the British police "have disrupted six plots to undertake terrorism in this country."

Another hot issue in Britain is the rise of anti-Semitic sentiments among the British Muslim community. A new study on anti-Semitism in England written by Anthony Julius quotes from a poll, claiming that 56% of the Muslims thought that the Muslim community should not participate in Holocaust Memorial day. "Most Muslims do not subscribe to Holocaust denial or other anti-Semitic positions, but this kind of sentiment seems to be on the rise," writes Julius. Additional noteworthy quotes from his highly topical book are: "According to a government-funded report, some teachers are reluctant to teach it (i.e. the Holocaust, V.) for fear of offending Muslim students whose 'beliefs' include Holocaust denial." "A full 50 percent of anti-Semitic incidents on the European continent are connected to radical Islamic elements." "Monica Ali, a close, engaged observer, finds anti-Semitism everywhere in London's Muslim East End." Nearly 50 percent of the British Muslim community subscribes to anti-American and anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories – "agrees that 9/11 was perpetrated by an American-Israeli conspiracy."

Professor Julius also quotes former asylum seeker Abu Qatada who once said: "The Savior will come back to this earth, the king with an army in the sky, killing the Jews, to wipe them out and rid the planet of the Jews." This probably the reason why so many radical Muslims liked (and still like) Hitler. The reach and depth of Qatada's influence among terrorist groups was said to have been "formidable, even incalculable."

Sweden, a very friendly country, has always provided a safehaven to refugees from a variety of countries. During World War II most Jews from Nazi occupied Denmark fled to Sweden. But there are now growing concerns about different forms of abuse of the still rather liberal Swedish immigration and asylum policies. Today, Sweden is even a target of Somali terrorist recruiters who recruit young Somali males for the jihad, in cities such as Gothenbörg and Malmö. Just like in Britain, the Muslim community in Sweden is more restive than it was before. Gang rapes, usually involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls have become commonplace, a Swedish newspaper reported. (Similar gang rapes occur in Berlin, the capital of Germany.)

According to European Union statistical data the Swedish Muslim population has grown from 1,000 in 1970 to 400,000 in 2006. Some Muslims are now even selling T-shirts displaying the following inscription: "By 2030 we'll take over the country." There are 50,000 Muslims in the city of Malmö alone, about one-fifth of the total city population. Many of these Muslims are former asylum seekers from Iraq, Somalia, Iran, "Palestine", Bosnia and Somalia. Anti-Semitism is on the rise as well. On March 7, 2010 Muslim demonstrators in Malmö, Sweden's third-largest city, chanted the following anti-Semitic slogan: "Khaybar! Khaybar ya Yahood!" "Khaybar ya Yahood" is the start of an anti-Jewish chant that translates as: "Khaybar, Khaybar, o Jews, the army of Mohammed (Muhammad) will return!" It was at Khaybar, a rich oasis in today's Saudi Arabia, in 629 that the Muslim prophet Mohammed attacked and conquered the Jews ("Yahood" means "Jew").

Not only did the so-called holy prophet force the Jews to surrender to him, also did he take "a beautiful girl of seventeen named Safiyya" for himself "after killing her husband for conceiling his goods," writes Mohammed biographer Maxine Rodinson. He "took her into his bed that very night. By so doing he was violating his own previous commandments, according to which his supporters had to wait until the beginning of the next menstrual cycle before having intercourse with their captives. But she was so very beautiful!"

It wasn't the first time Mohammed took a young Jewish widow for himself after he conquered a Jewish tribe. After some six or seven hundred Jews had been beheaded, one by one, in the market place of Medina, women and children were sold. Mohammed, Rodinson writes, "took a concubine for himself, the lovely Rayhana, the widow of one of those who had been executed." So, "Khaybar" probably also stands for taking the widows of those you have murdered or executed. Islam is not as peaceful as some claim it is.

The Israeli newspaper "Ha'aretz" reported in July (2010) that Jews reluctantly abondon the Swedish city of Malmö amid growing anti-Semitism. One of those who left Malmö was Marcus Ellenberg: "At some point, the shouts of 'Heil Hitler' that often greeted Marcus Ellenberg as he walked to the 107-year-old Moorish-style synagogue in this port city forced the 32-year old attorney to make a difficult, life-changing decision: Fearing for his family's safety after repeated anti-Semitic incidents, Ellenberg reluctantly uprooted himself and his wife and two cihldren, and moved to Israel in May." "I didn't want my small children to grow up in this environment," Ellenberg told Ha'aretz just before leaving Malmö. Elllenberg's paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors who found shelter in Malmö in 1945. Young attorney Ellenberg was not the only one Jew who is deeply worried about rising anti-Semitism in Sweden.

Ha'aretz describes the dramatic case of Judith Popinsky, a 86-year old Jewish refugee and Holocaust survivor from Poland who found refuge in Malmö in 1945. "Until recently, she told her story in Malmö schools as part of their Holocaust studies program. Now, some schools no longer ask Holocaust survivors to tell their stories, because Muslim students treat them with disrespect, either ignoring the speakers or walking out of the class. 'Malmö reminds me of the anti-Semitism I felt in Poland before the war,' she told the Forward while sitting in her living room, which is adorned with Persian rugs and many paintings.' 'I am not safe as a Jew in Sweden anymore,' a trembling Popinsky said in a frail voice." Such people are the real heroes of our time. They should be invited to the royal palace and decorated by the King of Sweden for their wisdom and valuable contribution to society. Indeed, their warnings can only ignored at the our own peril.

As fine citizens such as the Jews are leaving Sweden, intolerant and freedom-hating militants from the Middle East and Somalia are pouring into the nation's increasingly "multicultural" cities.

Criminal migrant trafficking networks now targeting Belgium, Greece and Israel

It was during the past twelve years that I have seen and studied the devastating effects of the large and unprecedented influx of poor economic migrants from Africa and the Middle East into Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Holland, Belgium and Germany. It was, as the German weekly "Der Spiegel" rightly called it in June 2006, "an invasion of the poor" ("Ansturm der Armen"). Apart from Islamist terrorism (which is directly related to immigration), this invasion is indeed the most serious challenge the West and Israel are facing right now.

These immigrants bring the negative aspects of their culture, religion and traditions, their cultural and religious baggage, that is, with them: backwardness, sharia law, arms possession (very common among Turks and Kurds), polygamy, cousin marriages, honor crimes, wife beating, rape and even witchcraft (belief in witchcraft and magic – voodoo, among other things – is widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.) Moreover, in too many cases migrants from Muslim countries bring their Islamism, terrorism, crime, and anti-Semitism with them into Europe and North America. In Britain, for example, "the number of people of Pakistani origin with jihadist views is extremely large," the "Sunday Times" (Culture supplement) reported on October 31, 2010. "Terrorism has a real-life threat to people in Britain. It has a pungency and urgency."

Criminal migrant trafficking networks our now focussing on Belgium, Greece and Israel. Belgium has a weak "outgoing" government which is unable to cope with the recent and unexpected massive influx of economic migrants most of whom are Muslims. They just cannot be accomodated anymore and many of them are now sleeping on the street. A Belgian judge even ruled that the government must financially compensate those asylum seekers who cannot be accomodated. But the judge failed to see that Belgian authorities are just overwhelmed by the massive demands for accomodation. Meanwhile, thanks to that judge false rumors are now rapidly spreading in the home countries of the immigrants that the Belgian state pays 500 euros per day to anyone who seeks asylum there. Such rulings certainly are not very helpful. This Belgian judge also failed to take into account that international refugee law does not require a state to admit a virtual limitless number of people who claim to be refugees. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, who wrote a thorough study on "The Refugee in International Law," says, for example: "It must be admitted that the prospect of a massive influx of refugees and asylum seekers exposes the limits of the State's obligation otherwise not to return or refuse admission to refugees." An Afghan asylum seeker was deported from Belgium to Greece in 2009. He lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Egbert Myjer, the Dutch ECHR judge, told a Dutch newspaper that the European immigration system is beginning to bog down. Hopefully, the European judges will be wiser than that silly Belgian judge.

Similarly, in Greece, authorities cannot cope anymore with the massive influx of refugees. These people are now sleeping on the streets of Athens. Greek citizens are outraged. There is just no money in Greece to deal with an unprecedented crisis like this. The Islamist government of neighboring Turkey abolished the visa restrictions for citizens of Syria, Iraq and Iran – a very unwise and fatal decision indeed – a decision welcomed by the powerful Turkey's mafia and the Islamists in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Israel is now facing an equally massive influx of economic migrants from Africa. There are already hundreds of thousands of illegal African immigrants in Israel. This year alone an additional 11,000 illegal Africans entered Israel via Egypt. They are often assisted by local Bedouin tribes. Security officials know that among those hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are a number of Islamists, terrorists, prostitutes and drug dealers. Nigeria, Mali, Kenia, Somalia, Erithrea and Sudan are known hotspots of Islamic radicalism and crime. The Israelis are belatedly building a huge fence to seal off their porous southern border. They should have done so years ago, though.

Emerson Vermaat, a law graduate (State University of Leiden, the Netherlands) is an investigative reporter specialized in terrorism and crime. Website: emersonvermaat.com.


Stichting Gave, Harderwijk, emailpeiling onder 24 contactpersonen van lokale werkgroepen van christenen die contact hebben met asielzoekers in een asielzoekerscentrum in hun omgeving, October 19, 2010.

Nederlands Dagblad (Barneveld, Netherlands), October 20, 2010, p. 1 ("Christenen in AZC vaak bedreigd")

Centraal Orgaan Asielzoekers (COA), Opvanglocaties (per provincie): 59 AZC's. (www.coa.nl). The English term for COA is the "Central Accomodate Organ Asylum Seekers."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel (New York: Free Press, 2007), p. 169, 223-225.

Uitgesproken EO (Dutch TV program, Channel 2), October 19, 2010.

Daniel Pipes, Christians Disappearing from Iraq, New York Sun, August 24, 2004 (www.danielpipes.org).

Robbert van Lanschot, Café Mogadishu. Omzwervingen door het andere Nederland (Amsterdam: Mets & Mets Publishers, 2010), p. 144 (seeking asylum by Somalis: "a business venture"), p. 153: "Zodra ze hier na een jaar of zes, zeven hun paspoort ontvingen, vertrokken ze, – zoef! – naar Engeland. Soms ging het zo snel dat ze vergaten zich in Nederland uit te schrijven. Daar liep dan bijvoorbeeld de kinderbijslag gewoon door. Dan kwamen ze – zoef! – gauw op en neer om die bijslag op te halen."

Visie (Dutch Radio and TV Magazine), August 29, 2009, p. 22-25 ("Somalische christen spreekt zich uit: Een Nederlandse ondergrondse kerk"). "Daarnaast zijn enkele leden van de gemeenschap verstoten of zelfs met de dood bedreigd. Soms via de telefoon, soms via een haatdragend briefje onder de ruitenwisser. Dan komt vervolging om je geloof vreselijke dichtbij." "Voor zover bekend onthoofden deze milities in 2008 vijftien bekeerde ex-moslims."

Friesch Dagblad (Netherlands), June 15, 2010 ("Moslim die christen wordt leeft in angst"). "Doodsdreigingen voor bekeerlingen in Nederland." (Death threats against converts in Holland). Quote from Eerde de Vries, Leeuwarden.

Christopher Andrew, The Defence of the Realm. Thr Authorized History of MI5 (London: Allen Lane, 2009), p. 816, 826, 827.

Anthony Julius, Trials of the Diaspora. A History of Anti-Semitism in England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), p. 536 ("Some teachers are afraid to teach the Holocaust…"), p. 539-542, 543 (Abu Qatada Al-Filistani).

Open Society Institute/EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program, Muslims in the EU: Cities Reports, Sweden (EU/University of Göteborg, Sweden, 2007), p. 10: 1970: 1,000 Muslims, 1985: 50,000 Muslims, 1990: 120,000 Muslims, 1996: 200,000 Muslims, 2000: 325,000 Muslims and 2006: 400,000 Muslims. Just like in Holland and Britain, this represents an exponential growth. Page 47-49: Malmö. For Dutch figures (largely Turks and Moroccans) between 1972 and 1996, see: Arie van der Zwan, Waar blijft de ombuignig in het immigratiebeleid?, in Socialisme & Democratie, 2002, Number 4, p. 43, 44.

Udo Ulfkotte, SOS Abendland. Die schleichende Islamisiering Europas (Rottenburg, Germany: Kopp Verlag, 2010), p. 107 ("T-shirts, deren Aufdruck "2003 übernehmem wir das Land" verkündet.")

Aftonbladet (Sweden), April 18, 2009 ( "Sex ligan valdtog atta flickor") (gang rapes by minors).

Kirstin Heisig, Das Ende der Geduld. Konsequent gegen jugendliche Gewalttäter (Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder Verlag, 2010), p. 28 ("Sexualdelikten"), p. 72-99 ("Yilmaz, Hussein and Kaan – jugendliche Vergewaltiger"). (Gang) rapes in Berlin. Kirstin Heisig, who died in June 2010, was a juvenile judge in Berlin.

Muslims chanting Arabic and anti-Semitic slogans in Malmö, March 7, 2010 (www.youtube.com).

Ha'aretz.com, July 7, 2010 ("Jews reluctantly abandon Swedish city amid growing anti-Semitism"); Washington Times, March 29, 2010 ("Hate crimes force Jews out of Malmö"): "His paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors…"

Der Spiegel, June 26, 2006 (Cover story "Die neue Völkerwanderung: Ansturm der Armen").

The Sunday Times, October 31, 2010. 15 (Culture international: "What MI6 wants you to know").

De Standaard (Belgium), November 25, 2010, p. 2 ("Het gezicht van asielcrisis"), p. 10 ("Uitgewezen ouders dreigen kinderen te vermoorden"), p. 11 ("Opvangplaatsen bij OCMW's niet voor kerst"); De Morgen (Belgium), November 25, 2010, p. 15 ("Ruim 1200 naturalisatieverzoeken 'vergeten' door dispuut tussen parket en overheid"); NOS Journaal (Dutch TV), November 22, 2010 (20:00 hours): "Rechters leggen dwangsom op: 500 euro als ze geen onderdak krijgen."

Uitgesproken EO (Dutch TV), December 2, 2010. (Belgian judge).

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, The Refugee in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 141.

NRC Handelsblad, November 13, 2010, p. 3 ("Rechter: asielcrisis breidt uit"). Volgens Egbert Myjer begint het EU immigratiestelsel vast te lopen. De Europese Unie zal hier een oplossing moeten geven."

De Volkskrant (Netherlands), November 12, 2010, p. 7 ("In delen van Athene is het oorlog"); Trouw (Netherlands), November 3, 2010, p. 5 ("Het Griekse gat in fort Europa"). A TV news report in Holland showing angry Greek citizens. I was attacked myself by an aggressive illegal African immigrant in Greece a few years ago. It also happened in Hamburg in 2001, when a Nigerian drug dealer, an asylum seeker, was quite upset when I was secretly filming him for Dutch TV. The young German guy to whom that Nigerian drug dealer had previously sold cocaine was standing beside me. I interviewed this poor drug addict later about it. The chief of Hamburg police's drug unit estimated there were a few hundred African cocaine dealers in Hamburg at the time, virtually all of them were asylum seekers.

NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), November 27, 2010, p. 2 ("Israël verschanst zich achter hekken en muren"). "Er zijn honderdduizenden illegale migranten uit Afrika in Israel." See also: De Volkskrant, November 23, p. 13 ("Hek Israel aan grens Egypte"); De Volkskrant, November 25, p. 15 ("Opvangkamp voor Afrikaanse illegalen"). Various news reports on Dutch TV.

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