After accepting refugees by the millions without much thought, Europe is now facing the problem of integrating and assimilating the refugees among them.
Should we be optimistic? Looking at the “successes” some of these countries have had in integrating refugees in the past, I’d say not. Three out of four refugees who came to Denmark in the early 2,000s is still unemployed.
What about other countries? In 2005, the documentary “Without Borders — A Film About Sport And Integration” looked at the case of one Syrian family who migrated to Sweden as refugees. An eleven-year-old refugee named Osama Krayem enthusiastically talks about how his love of football has helped him integrate with his Swedish peers.
Oh — did I mention that Krayem was one of the Brussels terrorists?
Via The Daily Caller:One of the suspects from the March 22 Brussels bombings was the subject of a 2005 documentary on successful integration in Sweden. Krayem, a 23-year-old Swedish citizen, is awaiting trial in Belgium for his part in the Brussels bombings which killed 32 civilians. Krayem was supposed to be the second suicide bomber at the Maalbeek subway station, but got cold feet.
Krayem’s integration story appeared to be on track throughout his teens. He held a government job as recently as 2013 and worked to open up a preschool in nearby Copenhagen, Denmark.
Friends of the Krayem family said his radicalization appeared rapidly in 2014 when he stopped showing up for work. He travelled to fight for Islamic State in Syria in the spring of 2015, before joining the Brussels terror cell in the fall.
Krayem had even posted photos of himself with ISIS flags and firearms prior to joining the terrorist group, which his friends thought he was doing to try to be “cool.” It’s hard to see how the red flags were missed on this one.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]