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Czech leader says Muslims 'impossible to integrate' in Europe

AFP , Sunday 17 Jan 2016
Czech President Milos Zeman
Czech President Milos Zeman (Photo: Reuters)
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Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant comments, said on Sunday that it was almost impossible to integrate the Muslim community into European society.

"The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible," Zeman said in a televised interview.

"Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne," he added, referring to the mass New Year's Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere.

"Integration is possible with cultures that are similar, and the similarities may vary," pointing out that the Vietnamese and Ukrainian communities had been able to integrate into Czech society.

Zeman, a 71-year-old leftwinger and the first-ever directly elected president of the Czech Republic, has repeatedly spoken out against the surge of migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe.

Earlier this month, Zeman claimed the influx was masterminded by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which uses money from several states to finance it in a bid to "gradually control Europe".

Late last year, Zeman called the surge in refugee numbers "an organised invasion," urging young men from Iraq and Syria to "take up arms" against the Islamic State (ISIS) group instead of running away.

More than one million migrants reached Europe in 2015, most of them refugees fleeing war and violence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

But few asylum seekers have chosen to stay in the largely secular Czech Republic, an EU and NATO member of 10.5 million people, with the majority heading to wealthier Germany and other western EU states.

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expat
17-01-2016 09:20pm
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i am sorry,to see,that the usual lack of self-critizism is ongoing..
its so boring,whenever europeans wake up and try to criticise people coming to our borders,arguing they are refugees and after some time,they become trouble shooters....its never their own mal functioning,no,its the problem of the person,which puts it on the table... enough is enough,nobody needs this third generation illiterate people getting ten years of education,but failing to speak the new language or understanding the societies borders and rules get the hell out,get back to your tribal villages and go for good! before we really loose patience
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Al
17-01-2016 09:33pm
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You're making the same error ...
Criticizing all immigrants as ignorant, violent, and parasites! Self-criticism works both ways, isn't it?
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Begovij
17-01-2016 06:20pm
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World must watch Europe what type of leader have
How poor quality and rabish thinker person sitting on president post
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Al
17-01-2016 04:41pm
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Because they are Arabs
"Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe" Putting his xenophobia aside he is right. The whole purpose of Arabs migrating to Europe is to flee the violence, prosecution, and backwardness of their governments; hoping for freedom, justice, and civility. He's only mistaking Arabs with Muslims (most are), but one doesn't see Asian Muslim immigrants having the same shortcomings in Europe; there are millions of Persians, Indians, Indonesians, and Malaysians in Europe with no violence to speak of .
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