September 09, 2015

Syrian refugees granted asylum in Uruguay now fighting to leave

Rebel Staff

Five families of Syrian refugees granted asylum in Uruguay last year are now demanding they be permitted to leave the South American country. 

According to Reuters, the families protested outside the Uruguayan president’s offices in Montevideo, the country’s capital, Monday, demonstrating their desire to leave in search of better jobs, even back in the Middle East.

Uruguay accepted 42 Syrians fleeing the civil war in October 2014, but the families said they felt the government, led by president Tabaré Vázquez of the leftist Frente Amplio coalition, had failed to deliver on a promise of financial security.

“I’m not afraid to go back to Lebanon,” Aldees Maher, 36, whose family had initially sought solitude in a Lebanese refugee camp just across the Syrian border, told Reuters. “I want a place that guarantees me, my family a life.”

In Uruguay, a country with a minuscule Muslim population of approximately 300, known internationally for its secularism, liberal social laws and well-developed social security system, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book, refugees reportedly receive housing, health care, education and other social benefits from the government.

“I don’t have any way of getting a job to earn enough money and look after the family,” Maher added. “Before we came, the embassy told us we could earn $1,500 a month.”

Another refugee, Ibrahim Al Mohammed, who claims he cannot get by on 11,000 pesos (US$380) per month as a hospital worker, a salary just above Uruguay’s 10,000-peso minimum wage, told the Associated Press: “There’s no future for us here. The government’s aid plan lasts two years, and one has passed by […] I have a wife and three young sons. What will I do to earn a living when the help runs out.”

Responding to the concerns of the refugees, Javier Miranda, head of the human rights secretariat inside the presidency, made clear to Reuters: “If they want to go, they can. But it is not up to us whether another country allows them entry.”

The refugees carry an identity card and travel document, issued by the Uruguayan authorities, but other states can reportedly deny them entry.

According to Reuters, Maher and his family returned to Uruguay after being denied entry to Turkey. They spent 20 days in Istanbul’s airport before traveling back to Montevideo.

Since 2011, when the Syrian civil war broke out, more than 4 million Syrians have left the country, the United Nations reports. Another 7.6 million Syrians have been displaced internally, meaning that more than half of the country’s pre-war population of 22.4 million has been forced to abandon their homes by the fighting.


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commented 2015-10-04 16:23:43 -0400
Oh my!!!

An unhappy refugee that wants to go back to the place where the UN will allow her to be a refugee again – and live off the dole of the UN.

Working for a living is not as easy as going to the UN and picking up the aid money and the aid clothing and the aid food and getting a key to free housing to boot.

Surprisingly enough, this happens more than you know – even a few Canadians have done this when returning to Palestinian territories or to Gaza or to Lebanon proper.

Refugee benefits AND a Canadian passport!!

Heck, Lebanon has thousands of Canadians of convenience and I bet many of the are on record as refugees with Canadian passports as well.

No wonder the Canadian dole is abused by so many “people from other states” when they get here – it is just like home – only better!!
commented 2015-10-02 11:20:54 -0400
Real refugees certainly wouldn’t be so picky! I think they need to be sent back to their own country, if what they have received for free, doesn’t suit them. How bloody ungrateful can you get!
commented 2015-09-22 16:29:05 -0400
Do what the Lebanese did in Canada in the late 70s early 80s. Buy up the Fish n Chip shops and eventually make them into donair shops. Halifax donairs are now very famous because of this demographic to our country. Get off your lazy ass and be thankful this country took you in.
commented 2015-09-15 18:52:18 -0400
Couldn’t mooch enough to make a living in Uruguay? Canada, US, or Germany it is.
commented 2015-09-10 18:35:44 -0400
According to Commie Tommie: War in Syria? What war?
commented 2015-09-10 16:42:09 -0400
No surprise, we now know why Harper is “taking it slow”.
commented 2015-09-10 11:34:28 -0400
Most are not refugees, they are opportunistic welfare migrants. Which ever nanny welfare state has the best benefits gets the diaspora and al the problems that go with it.
commented 2015-09-10 10:24:09 -0400
@ Jason – no worries – Russia will have ISIS sorted out shortly. Trying to do something about it at this stage after we more less created them (the west) will only muddy the waters and create potential conflict between the Ruskies and us… not a good idea. I suspect by the time Putin is done with ISIS they will be nothing but a foot note in the history books of the ME. Once he is finished with them Europe should force all refugees to go home and rebuild. Or else be dumped on Saudi Arabia’s shores.
commented 2015-09-10 10:20:38 -0400

Warning – the pics in the link above from Ann are pretty graphic – but it is a good way to truly understand what theses Muslim men do once they get into a country and achieve critical mass culturally and politically. Scary shit – can’t believe our politico’s think we will tolerate this crap.
commented 2015-09-10 00:56:14 -0400
I would like to visit Uruguay someday. if I could ever afford the expense. The more I hear about these migrants , their literacy, their fancy phones , their attitude , their arrogance , -- Uruguay is better off to have these parasites leave——- They can always come to Canada where Justin and Mulcair are competing for their Love.
commented 2015-09-10 00:33:31 -0400
Does this sound like my idea of a refugee ? No ! Not at all. These are mostly just a bunch of young kids , back packing around Europe —and then are going to be aggressive and lie about anything and everything just to become welfare parasites of any Democratic country that is stupid enough to welcome them . Vote for Justin or Mulcair—- if you really do Hate Canada.
commented 2015-09-09 21:44:17 -0400
We should spend millions buying them modern guns, and send them back to fight for their land just like we would do if we were invaded. Instead our Gov. lets them in and before long they want their Host Country to become just like the dirty hell-hole they created and were forced to leave. The problem is our Government agrees with them and we taxpayers are stuck with the Billions in Welfare and other costs.
commented 2015-09-09 19:18:27 -0400
Robert said: “Don’t you love how the cretins from that part of the world want “guarantees” and “promises of financial security”? Holy shit – sense of entitlement anyone?” Muslims expect “infidels” to pay their way for them pending our execution. It’s in the Koran.
commented 2015-09-09 19:13:16 -0400
Maher. Any relation to the other one?
commented 2015-09-09 17:47:51 -0400
Don’t you love how the cretins from that part of the world want “guarantees” and “promises of financial security”? Holy shit – sense of entitlement anyone? People that bring NOTHING to the countries they infect want GUARANTEES and PROMISES from those that would allow them to live and be safe. Makes me want to puke. We are talking about the dregs of planet earth, why would any sensible government give asylum to one single person from that rat hole. There is no more ungrateful, self absorbed, narcissistic population than those from “over there”. Let them rot.
commented 2015-09-09 17:24:23 -0400
You can bet the same thing will happen here if we let Syrians into Canada. I fully expect all or most of them to denounce this country and its people if they find the welfare system insufficiently generous. And while we are undoubtably wealthier than Uruguay as countries go, I don’t imagine we’ll be given the Syrians posh cars and seaside villas either, which sounds like what they want. That means they’ll threaten to go back to Syria just to extort more Free Stuff from us. Heck, some of them might even go back. If it does though, it means they know it is nowhere near as dangerous as they claim.
commented 2015-09-09 17:14:21 -0400
It must cost too much in Uruguay to get dental work done.
commented 2015-09-09 15:52:11 -0400
Let me see if I got this straight. There’s five families who left their country which is in the midst of a civil war on a promise of “financial security”, were given freebies by the new host country, but they decided they were not happy because they didn’t get as much as they thought they would so now they want to return to their home country. What is wrong with this picture?
commented 2015-09-09 14:32:23 -0400
Uruguay has the right idea. Pay them the least amount possible, let them find a job, if this dose not work, make them work, doing menial tasks, until they have saved enough to pay their own way back to where they came from. In the EU they are given excessive amounts of money, on welfare, they do not want to work. EU Governments pay them more than they ever earned at home. They are the Parasites of society.
commented 2015-09-09 14:28:06 -0400
The terrorists in the middle east need to be slaughtered by armies – every last one of them.

Displaying people from their homes of choice is miserable.

This is another shining example of how totally stupid troodo really is – like moving pieces around on a chess board for this douche bag nazi pig troodo.

But then again, pig troodo loves chinese dictatorships – wonder which part of the 60M slaughtered chinese under Mao good ole stupid fkg troodo loves best. Any insights/replies from any douche bag liberals out there??
commented 2015-09-09 13:44:26 -0400
More sad news… This is precisely why the war must have a decisive end. Like it or not Rebels, this DOES involve Canadians, because of the masses of refugees we have coming virtually every day. This is probably going to sound like “war-mongering” , but we need to get more involved in this fight in order to nip this in the bud. ISIS is hell bent on world domination.

But before I go into a full on rant about the Syrian-ISIS war, I’ll return to the subject at hand.
I can see Uruguay’s ORIGINAL point. Make just enough to survive in the country, unless you apply to become a full citizen. Many get confused these days about the difference between a “refugee” and an “immigrant”. To many, they’re the same thing, when in reality, they aren’t. Refugees are people who go to another country and seek asylum to escape a disaster from their own country, lives off a pittance from the country they went to, and goes back home AFTER the disaster is resolved.
An immigrant is where one decides to become a citizen of another country and make that country their own home.

To put it another way, it’s like if your house was damaged or destroyed by a fire, flood, or other means. You pack up what you can and stay at a motel or a neighbours or family. Do you stay at the chosen place and go home once your home is fixed? Or do you take up permanent residence? Think about that.