Refugees is Big Business; It’s a Growth Economy: It’s a Mass Exploitation of Human Suffering…

The world is in the middle of the biggest mass migration of refugees since the end of the World War II, and as distasteful as this may sound; it’s a huge business opportunity. It ranges from– housing refugees, to selling ‘fake’ passports, to bribery and extortions, to selling people into slavery… it’s taking advantage of vulnerable populations…

According to Louise W. Holborn; there is no single definition of ‘refugee’… however, all refugees have characteristics in common, e.g.; they are uprooted, they are homeless, they lack national protection and status. The refugee is an involuntary migrant, victim of politics, war, or natural catastrophe… Every refugee is naturally a migrant, but not every migrant is a refugee. A migrant is one who leaves his residence (usually for economic reasons) in order to settle elsewhere, either in his own or in another country…

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A refugee movement results when conditions for normal living and personal safety become so acute that voluntary exodus becomes virtually compulsory. The uprooted become either internal refugees, that is ‘national refugees’ (persons who have been displaced in their own country), or ‘international refugees’ (persons outside their country of origin). The latter are designated refugees in legal terminology when they lack the diplomatic protection granted to nationals abroad… Hence the questions: How far would you run if you really had to?

The historical answer is provided by the refugee who is literally running for his/her life… But the iconic image of a refugee is that of someone in much greater distress; people who flee to ‘anywhere’ they believed to be a place of safety, although these places are often illusionary… but their near-term goal is simply to survive and get out of the path of immediate danger…

The lead international agency coordinating refugee protection is the ‘Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR), which estimated the number of refugees to about 38.2 million at the end of 2014… The ‘durable solutions’ to refugee populations, as defined by UNHCR and governments are: voluntary repatriation to the country of their origin; local integration into the country of asylum; and resettlement to a third country… According to streiff; although UNHCR posts some interesting statistics on the refugee crisis but they are on the low-side… because they don’t count thousands of ‘fake’ passports that are issued to beat the system; ‘fake’ passports is a big business…

Fake passports are purchased in order to claim asylum at the end of their journey… According to Fabrice Leggeri; there is a big traffic in fake passports and it’s extremely lucrative for smugglers… hence in many cases, it’s not a humanitarian issue or non-combatants fleeing war; but it’s economic or even more sinister… While there is no doubt that there is a humanitarian crisis underway in the world, there is equally no doubt that no more than half of the refugees are mostly young men seeking jobs, opportunities for a better life… There is equally no doubt that within this flow of young military aged men there is the likelihood of ISIS fighters included in the flow…

In the article ISIS Creating Refugees for Trafficking Business by Ryan Mauro writes: ISIS is cashing on people smuggling– they in fact create refugees in order to smuggle them to other places, for a fee… ISIS has turned people smuggling into a big business, reportedly making millions from trafficking refugees to Europe… ‘Time Magazine gained access to an intelligence report on the ISIS’ finances and wrote; ISIS needs between US$523.5 million and US$815.3 million a year to run its operations in order; pay its fighters, run social services, buy weapons and ammunition… Reduced income from oil production has pushed the ISIS into diversifying its revenue streams– ISIS oil production has been cut in half since last year when the UN estimated it to be making-up to US$3 million/day…

ISIS’ other income are: US$22 million to US$55 million taxing antiquities smuggling… US$168 million to US$228 million taxing residents and businesses in ISIS’ territories… According to a ‘Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime’ Report; people trafficking is big business and ISIS is maneuvering to exploit the trade by deliberately creating refugees and attacking refugee camps in order to create more refugees to smuggle… this refugee trade is worth between US$255 to US$323 million per year in Libya alone… The value of refugee trade dwarfs any existing trafficking, smuggling business, and the tactic is being used to finance terrorist groups worldwide…

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In the article Refugees Fake Their Way into Europe by Daniel Greenfield writes: Passports for sale! Passports for sale! The official story is that all those poor refugees are fleeing Assad’s oppression, but Assad seems eager to help them go… Relaxed rules handed down from Damascus allows passports to be issued abroad with virtually ‘no checks’ for just a fee of £250… Experts say that this system, which allows Syrian citizens to get passports without applications… is being used and abused by terrorists, smugglers…

The staggering numbers of passports being issued without proper checks and the growing illegal trade in identity documents is being fuelled by German and Swedish pledges to house any refugees from Syria. A communication sent to all Syrian embassies in April raised the specter of mass fraud by non-Syrians by appearing to show that those without any form of existing ID could buy the vital paperwork allowing them to leave the country and head to the EU… In the memo, embassy staff were told passports should be issued to Syrians ‘even if they left in an illegal manner or they hold non-official passports or travel documents’… Why is Assad doing this?

  • Obviously money: Refugee smuggling is big business and his regime is happy to take a cut… In Jordan alone 10,000 passports were issued in August and that adds up to about US$4 million… Hence, just by multiplying the numbers and you end-up with half a billion dollars– not bad for a few pieces of paper…
  • Russia: Assad is an Iranian/Russian client and Moscow is obsessed with disrupting Europe, particularly the big three players, UK, France and Germany. A flood of Muslim refugees will eventually get that job done. Muslim refugees will also disrupt Russia but it’s not like anyone is thinking rationally there. Instead the various Western nations keep using Muslims as weapons against each other. But that was also true back in the ‘Gates of Vienna’ days…
  • Refugees as a Terror Weapon: Historically, there is a long-record of countries using refugees dumping to destabilize and damage other countries, e.g.; Gaddafi used these same tactics…

The refugee problem is a phenomenon of the modern age: It’s a product not only of the most destructive wars of history, i.e.; World War I and World War II, modern dictatorial regimes, national awakening of peoples… but also of the closed frontiers characteristic of the twentieth century… Yes, there were refugees in earlier centuries, but nowhere near the numbers of refugees in this modern era… Modern refugee movements have given rise to a new class of people– who are homeless, stateless, and who live in conditions of constant insecurity…

Unfortunately, some of these refugees movements have caused grave political, economic issues for the countries that provide sanctuary… in some cases its proven to be extremely burdensome for– administrative facilities, financial resources, and communities at large… Furthermore, while in earlier stages refugees were seen as temporary, requiring limited accommodations, but now it’s acknowledged as being a continuing, recurring, worldwide movement…

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According to Anton Troianovski; managing refugee camps is a growth business… one refugee camp operator had revenues of over US$100 million, last year… which is triple of where they were in 2007… many of these refugees were middle class citizens in their countries of origin, and now they are paying for hotels, food, and other necessities… Some businesses see refugees as a large group of new consumers…

According to Natasha Tsangarides; pirates are attacking boatloads of refugees searching for money and valuable items, it’s becoming a big business… Stealing from refugees is a big business… Many refugees leave their home countries with money they pay to smugglers to illegally enter other countries (e.g., it can cost around €7,000, depending on the route and smuggler)… Refugees come from all types of backgrounds– professionals, middle-class, skilled workers, criminals, terrorists… and many have sold everything they own including their homes and all their possessions… they carry tens of thousands of euros with them… They are thousands of people leaving their homelands in search of a better life…

According to Edwin S. Rubenstein; the refugee influx is fast and unexpected and small relatively homogeneous communities are forced to absorb individuals who often do not speak their language, are uneducated, lack marketable skills…The federal programs designed to help places cope with this situation are short-term in nature. They do not extend beyond an initial reception period. At that point, local communities must use whatever scarce resources they have to support refugees…

Refugees are a drain on state and local resources, particularly schools, social service agencies, emergency rooms… To be sure refugees are good for business– they buy stuff, they rent housing, they travel… But for ordinary indigenous workers, refugees represent competing workers that lowers wages, increases taxes…

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According to Megan Bradley; there are not enough resettlement places to go around, and there are many unintended negative consequences that often accompany resettlement programs… A recent review of refugees resettlement, concluded; that while it’s a ‘brilliant idea’– but it has not lived up to expectation… and often resettlement is based on hopes and good intentions, rather than reality and evidence of success for both refugees and hosts. Resettling refugees can be one of those feel-good activities that ends-up harming more people than it helps…