Refugees to Sumte, a tiny German village where Muslim migrants will outnumber native residents 7 to 1, are upset about the “boring” small town that has “no PlayStation.”
Sumte, which is home to 102 elderly pensioners, has been forced to take in 750 refugees, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, under orders from regional authorities.
The first wave of 500 refugees arrived in Sumte Nov. 2 despite the lack of infrastructure to house and feed the Muslim migrants.
Surprisingly, some refugees said they’re disappointed at being housed for a year in a small village in the middle of nowhere.
“It is so far from everything, in the middle of the countryside,” a 33-year-old male Syrian refugee named Hisham told the Daily Mail. “There is no shop, no bus, nothing.”
The cafeteria director at the refugee center said the refugees have also complained about German food, Examiner reported.
“The refugees don’t like the German food,” he said. “They like it if we make meals like spaghetti but they don’t like typical German food, like Spaetzle [egg noodles].”
Another young Syrian male refugee complained Sumte was boring. “There’s no PlayStation,” he told the UK Express.
Local residents 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.
Tensions are rising as Sumte’s 102 residents worry their once peaceful community will be overwhelmed by 750 refugees, many of whom are young Muslim men. Some residents are concerned for their safety as groups of young males roam the streets.
“In the summer girls will not want to go swimming in the lake like we normally do because there will be young men around all the time,” said one resident.
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 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,” said Niemann. “They will be given houses, but German people are not entitled to houses anymore.”
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Regional authorities had initially earmarked Sumte to receive 1,000 refugees, but reduced the number to 750 after realizing the village’s sewage system could not handle a tenfold increase in population overnight.
When all the migrants are moved into Sumte this week, refugees will outnumber native residents by 7 to 1, and the village’s total population will skyrocket 700% overnight. Sumte has now become a symbol of Germany’s hopeless struggle to cope with the tsunami of Muslim refugees.
Sumte isn’t the only town being deluged with migrants. Sweden, which has a population of 9.6 million, will take in 191,000 refugees this year, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan.
A group of refugees recently complained about being taken to the ski village of Limedsforsen, located 250 miles northwest of Stockholm, saying they want to live in the city. Housing is extremely tight because Sweden is receiving about 10,000 refugees a week.
“We don’t understand why they’ve taken us to the forest where it’s so dark and so cold,” Abdullah Waez told AFP. “We don’t want to live like this — in the middle of nowhere.”
The refugees’ negative attitude had some online readers furious that they’re demanding free housing in expensive Stockholm, which is difficult for even native Swedes to get. That’s like going to the United States and expecting a free apartment in New York City.
“Then go back to your jihad- and bomb-infested Muslim desert!” one online commenter wrote. “What do they expect? A free royal suite in the center of Paris? The only thing they should hope for is to be allowed to stay in a piece of land that has no bullets and bombs flying around.”
As the alarming refugee crisis in Europe reaches a boiling point, it’s estimated that up to one million refugees will pour into Germany. Most are Muslims fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan, North Africa and Iran.
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 (in other words, the crises we now see erupting across Europe).