Migrant Crisis: EU Seeks to Boost Schengen Border Controls-BBC News
The EU interior Ministers are meeting in Amsterdam to discuss how to better control the external borders in Europe and the large influx of migrants leaving Greece and Macedonia. In Europe, there is an Schengen passport-free zone that allows migrants to freely move from country to country. However, since there has been a constant increase in migrants moving from country to country in Europe Germany and five other Schengen states have enacted temporary border controls. Also, Greece has been scorned for not putting more resources towards preventing migrants from entering their country. “If the Athens Government doesn’t in the end do more to protect the (EU) external borders then we’ll have to openly discuss a temporary exclusion of Greece from the Schengen,” Austria Interior Minister Johana Mikl-Leitner said.
U.K. Contractor Slammed for Move ID’ing Asylum Seekers-CBS News
In Cardiff, Wales a private housing company, Clearsprings Ready Homes that was offering shelter for migrants caused a stir after they asked migrants to wear red wristbands. These wristbands were singling out migrants for abuse from Cardiff residents and reminded others of the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews. “We raised the matter many times with the Welsh government. It harks back to the Nazi regime with people being forced to wear a Star of David and stand out,” Welsh Refugee Council Policy Officer Hannah Warf said. Clearspirngs Ready Homes stopped handing out wristbands to migrants after being heavily criticized.
Jews Leave France in Record Numbers-CNN
After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, and other incidents in France where Jews have been killed or abused more Jews have decided to leave France for Israel. In the past five years, the number of French Jews moving to Israel has doubled according to CNN. A 2013 survey by the European Union studying anti-Semitism revealed that 74% of Jews that live in France prefer not to openly identify themselves as Jews at least some of the time and more than a quarter of French Jews always hide their Jewish background. “Here there is a feeling of security that no longer exists in France. Twenty years ago, maybe yes. But since the year 2000; there no longer is that feeling of security in France,” Dov Cohen, a French Jew that left Marseille for Israel last summer said.