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German Towns Filled With Refugees Ask, ‘Who Is Integrating Whom?’ 


SALZGITTER, Germany—Late this summer, Nadine Langer took her six-year old to her first day at school. The girl was one of two German children in her class, she said, amid 20, mostly Syrian, refugees.

“I am not against foreigners,” said Ms. Langer, 41. “But there is a point where we have to wonder who is integrating whom.”

Germany’s 2015 refugee crisis has largely disappeared from the headlines. But in this and other midsize towns, it is continuing to unfold, putting communities under stress, pressuring local coffers and feeding concerns about safety, jobs and the quality of education.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/german-towns-filled-with-refugees-ask-who-is-integrating-whom-1508074522

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Ukip’s new leader says the weight of immigration and the rise of Islam is ‘burying British culture’


The 54-year-old ex-Army officer had said he wanted to move the party away from focusing on Islam after their manifesto earlier this year contained an “integration agenda” which was almost entirely about Muslims.

And the issue had been brought back to the fore when the controversial anti-Islam campaigner Anne-Marie Waters was the favourite to win the leadership election.

Mr Bolton, who pushed her into second place yesterday, signalled a softening stance on the issue when he spoke to the media, saying he had a “broad platform” and wanted to “move away from the focus on Islam”.

But he swung the focus right back to the religion this morning, when asked if he stood by his comments during the campaign that he was proud of “fighting Islam”.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4582809/ukips-new-leader-says-the-weight-of-immigration-and-the-rise-of-islam-is-burying-british-culture/

For Muslim refugees in Mexico, community is hard to find


It was after all this that Ali traveled to Mexico, with the hopes of continuing on to the U.S. Once in Mexico, Ali was connected with Programa Casa Refugiados, a Mexico City-based non-governmental organization that provides services to asylum seekers and refugees. Programa Casa Refugiados helped him regularize his status as a temporary resident in Mexico and continue his studies in a technical degree program.

Ali is among the refugees to hail from one of the countries affected by Trump’s executive order. Many of them are now seeking to settle in Mexico City. What keeps Ali in Mexico is not the danger of crossing the border, but rather the new administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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http://theweek.com/articles/727392/muslim-refugees-mexico-community-hard-find

Paris police evacuate 2,000 migrants

Paris (AFP) – French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris on Friday, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital.

A similar roundup of the mostly Afghan and African migrants around the Porte de la Chapelle area in July saw 2,800 moved from the streets into temporary accommodation.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/paris-police-evacuate-2-000-migrants-085746595.html

Merkel, called ‘traitor’, defends refugee stance in rowdy east Germany

ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, Germany (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted with shouts of “traitor” by a rowdy group of right-wing protesters in east Germany on Thursday as she defended her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.

Roughly five weeks before an election in which she is expected to win a record-tying fourth term, Merkel veered from her stump speech, acknowledging “difficult times” in 2015 when a flood of asylum seekers, many from the Middle East, entered Germany.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election-merkel-idUSKCN1AX263

CANADIAN Troops set up tents at AMERICAN border; old Royal Vic to shelter asylum seekers | CTV Montreal News

Canadians soldiers are being deployed to St-Bernard-de-Lacolle to erect tents for asylum seekers attempting to enter Canada from the United States. Almost 100 troops will be used to set up the camp site, which will consist of “modular tent shelters with lighting and heating and may temporarily accomodate close to 500 people,” Department of National Defence spokesperson Evan Koronewski told CTV Montreal in an email.

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http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/troops-set-up-tents-at-border-old-royal-vic-to-shelter-asylum-seekers-1.3538567

Trump is welcomed in Warsaw ahead of speech to thousands | Daily Mail Online

The nation of Poland prepared a hero’s welcome for U.S. President Donald Trump in advance of his Wednesday night arrival in Warsaw. But the Polish government executed a decidedly understated ceremony to greet Air Force One at Chopin Airport.

Lawmakers in the formerly communist nation see in Trump a mirror of their own brand of nationalism that has seen many Poles bristle against an iron-fisted European Union centered on Germany.

Among the European nations, Poland is one of the holdouts against the notion of resettling massive numbers of foreigners.

‘The Polish government has the same position as Americans — we want strict restrictions on refugees,” legislator Krzysztof Mróz told The Wall Street Journal

For Trump’s arrival, President Andrzej Duda sent his top aides to put on a far smaller affair than the all-out pomp and circumstance that awaited the U.S. leader in Saudi Arabia when he deplaned on his first foreign presidential trip six weeks ago.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4668724/Trump-hero-s-welcome-Warsaw.html

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Paris (AFP) – The French and German interior ministers met with their Italian counterpart Marco Minniti in Paris on Sunday to discuss a “coordinated response” to Italy’s migrant crisis, hours after Minniti had called on other European countries to open their ports to rescue ships.

The working dinner at the French interior ministry — also attended by EU Commissioner for Refugees Dimitris Avramopoulos — was aimed at finding “a coordinated and concerted response to the migrant flux in the central Mediterranean (route) and see how to better help the Italians,” a source close the talks said.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/italy-urges-eu-ports-migrants-pressure-builds-005706832.html

RT: Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’ demands they ‘reveal algorithms’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right.

“The algorithms must be made public, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen on questions like: what influences my behavior on the internet and that of others?” said Merkel during a media conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

“These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they narrow our breadth of information.”

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