Refugees In Europe Start To Panic As Terror Attacks Stack Up

Sameera Ehteram
The recent terrorist incidents across Europe may not have any proven refugee connection, but more often than not, the knee-jerk reaction is to connect the two.

Refugees across Europe are feeling insecure and afraid of what could happen to them if the European authorities  launch a crackdown to prevent further suicide and terrorist attacks, similar to the Paris, Nice, Brussels and Munich ones — just to name a few.

Vocativ recently went through several social media posts to decipher how the panic has unsettled the refugees across the continent and how they were contemplating measures like self-policing.



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“We have to do something otherwise it’ll have terrible impact on the people — two attacks in one day,” said one Facebook user.

“So what should we do? I think anyone who knows one of them must report to the police, otherwise he’ll be an accomplice,” wrote another.

Though incidents like the Paris attack had no refugee connection, the knee-jerk reaction was to connect the asylum seekers pouring in to Europe with the unfortunate incident.




It's not just Europe. All the way over in America, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump milked the tragedy to the maximum.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said they did not want Syrian refugees to resettle because of security concerns after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Former presidential hopeful Ben Carson also wanted the borders closed to Middle Eastern refugees.

Brussels attack

It was the same case after the Brussels attack. Even before the identities and nationalities of the attackers were known, there was an immediate association of the events with the migrant crisis.

“There is a growing perception among European public opinion that E.U. leaders are not in control of the Continent’s terrorist threat,” said Mujtaba Rahman of the Eurasia Group, a political risk and consulting company. “Combined, these attacks will increase xenophobic and anti-immigration sentiment across the E.U., which has already been rising in light of the E.U.’s ongoing refugee crisis.”

Under such circumstances, the refugees’ fears sound valid.

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 According to a PEW survey, about half to three-quarters of Europeans, depending on the country, said the wave of refugees raises the risk of terrorist attacks in their countries. Respondents said they fear the newcomers.

wave of refugees

Host countries across Europe are doing their best to sift through the incoming refugees. Germany, for instance, has deployed security officials along the border to take fingerprints scans of migrants and cross-check them against international criminal databases. But the huge influx of people makes it impossible for such measures to be foolproof.

There have been increasing pressure to halt refugee migration and closing down the borders, leaving thousands of families fleeing for their lives with nowhere to go and a bleak future.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also facing criticism for her immigration policies.

If such security concerns lead to a shutting down of borders around Europe, the result could be devastating for a large number of refugees, especially with winter just around the corner.

Under such circumstances, it is only natural that refugees feel insecure and fear for their fate.

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