Some are from Iraq but many migrants are coming for economic reasons rather than fleeing war.
The Daily Mail reports, “Four out of five migrants are NOT from Syria: EU figures expose the ‘lie’ that the majority of refugees are fleeing war zone.”
Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria.
The EU logged 213,000 arrivals in April, May and June but only 44,000 of them were fleeing the Syrian civil war.
Campaigners and left-wing MPs have suggested the vast majority of migrants are from the war-torn state, accusing the Government of doing too little to help them.
‘This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria,’ said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. ‘Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.
‘Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.’
Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: ‘These figures make extremely disturbing reading. The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.’
This probability is backed up by the fact that virtually all the refugees, according to the reports I have seen and heard, seem to be heading for Germany or one of the other countries with the greatest welfare benefits. There may be other refugees. Almost 14,000 immigrants are coming from Iraq, which is also dealing with a major war.
While the violence in Syria and Iraq may have motivated more to attempt to leave and enter Europe, we can’t rule out also the fact that others have already settled in Europe and are sending news of their new life to people they know and are related to. This is just common sense. When immigration starts it will be a “trickle” because few people will want to go to an entirely strange culture and nation. But then there is a growing population of expatriates in the country. These send news that make others want to come. They also present a much less alien scenario for the next wave of immigrants. Instead of moving to an entirely foreign land you get to move to a place where you have fellow countrymen and perhaps some relatives.
An additional factor is missing from the Daily Mail story. While immigration is surging, we must remember that the native Europeans are not having many children. With many Muslims entering Europe and then having more children on average, we are going to see a fast cultural shift.