Oh brother! We have Sweden literally destroying itself with its wide open borders and these Syrian young men are whining about their miserable lives there.
From The Guardian—cold comfort indeed. (Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’ who pretty much wrote this post!):
Salah Debas, 23 struggled to arrive in Sweden (smuggled in the luggage hold of a bus), but complains how unhappy he is in Sweden now that he’s there:
“I feel I am just throwing away another year of my life.“Here, on a farm-turned-residential-complex for asylum-seekers, Debas clearly struggles to adapt. “I feel like shit,” he says. “Life here is just pressure, pressure and more pressure.”
There are no jobs for Syrian young men:
The majority of those who make it [to Sweden] are young single men, whose main goal is to quickly find a job and send money to their families back in Syria. This massive movement of people has created a severe housing backlog, forcing Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish government’s employment agency (which also assists recent arrivals in finding accommodation and subsidises their rent) to allocate newcomers to remote and isolated villages in the north. Conditions here are tough and work hard to come by.
Big cultural differences between Europe and Syria. (Warning for Wyoming, you want “young professionals”? Don’t look to get them from Syria.):
Many of the young Syrians who arrive here are successful professionals – architects, academics and businessmen – who held a prominent place in Syrian society and, unlike economic migrants, would not have left their country if it wasn’t for the war. “They had a very good position in Syria and they want the same position here. But they will not get it,” explains Elias Kasgawa, a 47-year-old Syrian from Hassake who has lived in Sweden since 1970. Sweden and Syria are worlds apart in terms of food, weather, political systems, gender relationships and the way society is organised. “Syrians are raised in a more hierarchical way. You always have a leader figure, your parents, your relatives or your teacher,” continues Kasgawa, who lives with his family in Sweden and works as in hotel construction. “In Sweden, you don’t have many guidelines. You must develop yourself.”
After an adventurous trip through Greece and Italy that lasted more than a month and cost him around €16,000, Giwara finally settled in Helsingborg, where he now shares a hostel with 10 other immigrants. “We have only one kitchen and one bathroom. Some of these guys have stayed in this place for 15 years,” he says. His face leaves no doubt that he fears the same fate.
‘Pungentpeppers’ directs us to a commenter at The Guardian who said this:
C’mon its not enough to simply give them a free wage, shelter, healthcare, education and citizenship. Sweden has to give them private bathrooms and kitchens in Stockholm and fulfill their career dreams.
Editor’ comment: Here is what I don’t get about these men—why the h*** didn’t they just stay in Syria and fight for whichever side they believe in in their civil war? Someone used a phrase to me the other day in regards to the State Department not holding hearings this year, and I shouldn’t really repeat it in light of my admonition to commenters about foul language. But, this makes one want to swear—these men are “chickens***s!”
We have a huge archive on Sweden (click here). My bet is on Sweden to be the first European country to crash from the immigrant invasion of Europe. Others have their money riding on the UK or France.