The PJ Tatler

'Please Tell Brussels We are Coming, No Matter What'

That quote is from a Syrian illegal alien squatting in a no man’s land near the Macedonian-Greece border. Today, thousands of illegals looking to make their way to western European countries, broke through a police barrier and began to stream northward — a human tide not to be denied that a growing number of countries are at a loss to figure out how to deal with.

Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons in an increasingly futile bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe.

Some had spent days in the open with little or no access to food or water after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East.

Hundreds remained in a rain-soaked no-man’s land and authorities said they would continue to enforce a regime of rationed access despite the even greater pace of arrivals from the other side in Greece.

Migrants had been pouring across the border into Macedonia at a rate of some 2,000 per day, en route to Serbia then Hungary and Europe’s Schengen zone. Some 50,000 hit Greek shores in July alone by boat from Turkey.

“In this Europe, animals are sleeping in beds and we sleep in the rain,” said 23-year-old Syrian woman Fatima Hamido on entering Macedonia. “I was freezing for four days in the rain, with nothing to eat.”

Thirty-two-year-old Saeed from Syria said of the blocked border: “We know this was not Macedonia and the Macedonian police. This was the European Union. Please tell Brussels we are coming, no matter what.”

Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Hungary — the numbers of illegal aliens are staggering. More than 50,000 illegals came through Greece just last month. Hungary is building a wall to keep them out while the EU bickers about how many illegals each country will take.

This latest wave of illegals comes mostly from the Middle East. There is also an exodus from Africa as tens of thousands of people from Libya and other countries make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean looking to reach Italy. The EU began a fierce crackdown on human smugglers two months ago which seems to have reduced the flow somewhat, but the crisis refuses to go away.

About 107,500 migrants crossed the EU’s borders last month, with even more expected in August. The conditions that have led to this mass migration of people are, if anything, getting worse. War in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, the Congo, Nigeria — most of the poorest places on earth are emptying out, apparently believing that the European’s inexhaustible goodwill can feed, clothe, house, and employ all of them. The backlash by EU taxpayers has already begun as nativist parties in France and Hungary are making headway.

When will the limit of EU beneficence be reached? Probably when ordinary citizens put their foot down and say, “no more.”