When Europe began taking in refugees by the millions, we knew better. The possibility of terrorists slipping through the cracks was far too high, and due to an enormous amount of political power, Barack Obama was only able to bring in 10,000 extensively screened Syrian refugees.
Europe has quickly learned that terrorists were slipping through the cracks. The attackers in the Paris Bataclan massacre had entered the European Union posing as refugees for example, and it’s a practice that ISIS openly encourages in their propaganda. Not only that, Europe wasn’t prepared for the high fiscal cost of refugee resettlement.
While it costs only around $1,000 a year to resettle a refugee in the Middle East, that figure jumps to over $12,000 in the Western world. Germany has been the most generous in welcoming in migrants, and their federal government expects to spend 93.6 billion euros ($106.2 billion) to support refugees over the next five years. They had to spent their entire budget surplus last year on unexpected costs associated with refugees.
And are taxpayers getting their moneys worth? Hardly. As Breitbart reported, in a sense, it’s the taxpayers helping finance terrorism due to those slipping through the cracks.
Some of the most notorious jihadists in Europe used British welfare payments to fund international terrorism, including the Paris and Brussels attacks, a court has heard.
Mohamed Abrini — who became known as the “man in the hat” following the terror attack at Brussels airport in March — was handed £3,000 of taxpayers’ money by two men in Birmingham. The jihadist was sent to collect the money by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is thought to have been one of the masterminds of the deadly attacks across Paris just months later, in which 130 people were killed.
Birmingham resident Zakaria Bouffassil is accused of passing over the cash, which the court heard had been withdrawn from the bank account of Belgian national Anouar Haddouchi, who was claiming benefits while living in the West Midlands with his wife.
Jurors heard how, even after Haddouchi left Britain to fight with Islamic State in Syria, thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money continued to be paid into the jihadist’s account.
Mr Bouffassil, who is also a Belgian national, is also accused of handing Abrini a large sum of cash last July in a Birmingham park. He was accompanied by Mohamed Ali Ahmed, who has already admitted the charge.
On the opening day of the trial, Kingston crown court heard how British taxpayers’ money had been used by some of Europe’s most wanted terrorists not only to fund the horrific attacks on European soil but also to bankroll activities in Syria and elsewhere.
In total, the five terrorists collected a total of $56,000 in welfare, far more than the estimated cost of $37,000 to carry out the attacks in Paris and Brussels.
How lovely. This must be a new phenomenon: suicide by welfare?
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