About 70% of Iraqi refugees in Finland have decided to abandon their asylum applications because it’s too cold and boring. The Muslim refugees, who are from warmer climates in the Middle East, say they’d rather return to war-torn Iraq than stay in Finland.
“I don’t know what happens to me in Iraq, but here I will die mentally,” one Iraqi told Express. Finland received 3,700 Iraqi refugees in 2015, but 2,600 plan to leave because they’re disillusioned by the cold weather and long processing time.
“Some have found the Finnish atmosphere hostile and some have not stayed because of the dark autumn and cold winter,” said Juha Simila, head of asylum department at the Finnish Immigration Service.
The refugee complaints in Finland are similar to those made by Muslim asylum seekers in Sumte, Germany, who complained about the food and “boring” small town. Some refugees even complained there was “no Playstation” in Sumte, where refugees outnumber native residents 7:1.
In November 2015, Sumte — which is home to 102 elderly pensioners — was forced to take in 750 Muslim refugees, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan. Some refugees (who claim they’re fleeing war and death) were disappointed at being housed for a year in a sleepy village instead of an exciting big city.
It is so far from everything, in the middle of the countryside,” said a 33-year-old male Syrian refugee named Hisham.
“There is no shop, no bus, nothing.”
The cafeteria director at the refugee center said the refugees have also complained about German food. “The refugees don’t like the German food,” he said.
Local Germans are appalled that regional authorities are forcing their bucolic hamlet to feed and house the refugees for at least one year, but have done little to help local villagers.
There is a bus only once a week for us old people, but buses take the refugees to the supermarket every day,” said a widow named Heidi.
“I’m 81 years old and I have to cycle to the cemetery 5 kilometers away.”
Actually, a special shuttle bus for the refugees runs every hour to Neuhaus (a nearby village with shops), according to Jens Meyer of the welfare group Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund.
Holger Niemann, a village councillor, is outraged that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has Germany bending over backwards to accommodate Muslim refugees while ignoring the unemployment, poverty and homelessness among native Germans.
There are no jobs here, so these people are going to live on benefits: 500 euros (U.S. $544) a month or more if they are a family.
They will be given houses, but German people are not entitled to houses anymore.”
While Northern European countries like Germany and Sweden bear the brunt of the refugee crisis, the wealthy Arab states of the Persian Gulf (Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) have done next to nothing to help their Muslim brethren.
“Guess how many of these Syrian refugees Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states offered to take?” asked Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Zero.”
The Gulf States combined have taken in no Syrian refugees, citing concerns over terrorism, finances and social unrest, like Muslim rape epidemic sweeping across Europe.