During a recent speaking appearance, French President Francois Hollande said that the country will be taking in 30,000 refugees over the next two years.
“30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the duty to respect this commitment,” Hollande said, according to ABC News.
Hollande said that while they will be allowing refugees to cross the border, there will be a strict screening policy, although he did not go into specifics.
“We have to reinforce our borders while remaining true to our values,” he said.
“France will remain a country of freedom,” he said, adding that, “Life should resume fully. What would France be without its museums, without its terraces, its concerts, its sports competitions? France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives.”
Since the attacks, people have become concerned that ISIS fighters will pose as refugees and then cross the borders in order to carry out terrorist attacks. However, all of the terrorists from the recent attack in France who have had their identities confirmed, are all E.U. citizens.
Many of the anti-immigration commenters who have been against allowing the refugees to move from their war-torn homes have also claimed that Syrian migrants would be a drain on the economy and would eat up the benefits and welfare that Europeans receive. However, this is not true, many of the migrants are skilled and willing workers who don’t want any handouts, they just want to work and own their own property in place that is relatively peaceful and safe to raise children.
As we have been reporting in recent months, the refugee situation in Europe has been met with both uplifting and disappointing reactions. Germany has been extremely open and generous to the refugees while other places are more resistant. We reported earlier this week that Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire and philanthropist, has decided to “be the change” and help remedy the Syrian refugee crisis by purchasing an island in the Mediterranean to provide a new home to those displaced by the civil war.
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