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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Its most eye-catching finding is the fact that the number of illegal border crossings detected in 2017 represents a 60% drop compared to 2016. However, Frontex is upfront about this representing a change of pattern, perhaps a return to a more ‘normal’ situation, but still: “The overall pressure on Europe’s external borders remained relatively high, and the Western Mediterranean route saw the highest number of irregular migrants since Frontex began systematically collecting data in 2009.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It should be noted, however, not all Muslims dream about a Germany being part of a worldwide Caliphate, stretching ‘from Jakarta to Andalusia’. Yehezkeli also interviews an Arabic speaking contact, who out of fear wished to remain anonymous. The contact says he deals with the excesses of radical Islam in Germany, and works for various German media outlets. He warns, that the biggest danger for Germany does not consist of terrorist attacks. Rather, it is the Islamic concept called ‘Da’wa’.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Experts predict, that as long as he does not deal with himself, he remains very dangerous indeed. That he is not inclined to such self-reflection at all, becomes clear even to laypersons attending the trial. When Marie’s mother testified to the court, Chalid lectured her:

    “The girl ought to have gone to school by bus.”

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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Haiderat Salim, 20-year-old Mohammad Al Agawi, 18-year-old Alladin Al Arabi and Mansour Alzafiri (unknown age) are arrested on the spot. Apart from Salim, who has Swedish citizenship and is the only one who speaks fluent Swedish, all are asylum seekers coming from Northern African countries. The Migration Board has already ruled that both El Arabi and Alzafiri are to be expelled.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • During trial, the suspect, an asylum seeker from Gambia living in Germany since 2014, kept silent. During the second day of trial only two witnesses, a magistrate and a police commissioner gave evidence. The last two reported on the interrogation of the suspect on the day he was apprehended. At the time, he claimed he couldn’t remember having raped any women. This led to cynical comments by the witnesses of him having had to have been very drunk indeed.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • But should elements of Islamic culture have anything to say about female private parts? On 7 February 2018, European Parliament issued a press release, called Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation. The statement came hard on the heels of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 6 February. It’s not hard to see why.
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  • By: Timon Dias
  • “The by now released Syrian born suspect declared during his police hearing that in the future he’s willing to apply more violence to reach his goals. He also declared he would not mind dying for his cause and in his statement glorifies martyrdom.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In the past two years, the city has housed 2.429 asylum-seekers, 80 more than it was obligated to do by law. Next year, it will have to house 80 people less. Of those 2.429, 95% lives of social benefits, representing almost 5% of the total amount of people on benefits in Rotterdam.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Angelica chose to take her own life, after having the courage to step forward and tell her story.

    This account is published after consultation with Angelica’s family, in the hope that someone in the Swedish judiciary reads it and decides to look at the case again, to see if there are stones that have been left unturned.

    Rest in peace, Angelica.”

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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In the South-Swedish province of Blekinge, the situation – which is illustrative for that in Sweden – is bleak. There is a serious shortage of housing in all categories, even though municipal and provincial governments are trying to mobilising the construction industry to solve the problem. Their activities are not enough though, as a housing market survey ordered by the provincial government, and executed by the Swedish National Housing Board shows.
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