There is often a fine line between pity and fear when it comes to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on European shores in the last year.
On one hand, it’s difficult not to feel an outpouring of sympathy over pictures of babies born on perilous rescue missions, or the bodies of children washed up on the waves. Just as it is almost as difficult not to feel distrust and anger over news that, yet again, alleged jihadists have been found hiding among the legitimate refugees.
This week three would-be terrorists were arrested in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany on suspicion they were operatives of the so-called Islamic State. The three men, referred to in German court documents which do not include last names as Mahir al-H., 17, Ibrahim M., 18, and Mohamed A., 18, reportedly came to Europe last year through Turkey to Greece, where they essentially rode the migrant wave all the way to Germany. As Syrians, their asylum applications get preferential treatment, allowing them, essentially, to cut the line at the borders.
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