The pro-refugee activists in the media sure aren’t seeing the picture they want to see.
In January, two Dutch filmmakers went to The Jungle, a refugee camp in France, to portray the refugees in a positive light. They were promptly beaten, robbed, and threatened with a knife by two refugees. The same thing happened to British actor Jude Law when he tried a sympathetic visit.
60 Minutes Australia went to Sweden recently to do a story on refugees as well. Like many before them, they were also attacked while trying to film the refugees’ plight. It took less than two minutes before their arrival.
60 Minutes Australia finally aired its footage three weeks after an incident in which its film crew was attacked by a group of masked men in Sweden.The crew was filming in the predominantly immigrant district of Rinkeby in the capital city of Stockholm. Immediately upon arriving they were confronted by a group of men in a car, who deliberately drove into the cameraman. It then proceeded to get worse. The show’s reporter told police it was “a litte more hostile than I’d anticipated.” The violence starts at about 3:18 in this clip.
It’s hard to feel sympathy for people who will attack those who trying to spotlight their plight. Instead, these actions will simply reinforce the fears those in Europe have about letting them in. Why would anyone want more of the same?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]