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The people who enthusiastically go to central stations with teddy bears don't have to be convinced that refugees are people. Or do they? This article is actually funny:

Migrants in Germany - Finally Welcome! - Candan Six-Sasmaz - Süddeutsche

Candan Six-Sasmaz was born in Germany. Suddenly she is greeted with applause and teddy bears at a train station - before her fellow citizens want to bring her to a refugee camp.

As a journalist I'm on the road often. ... As soon as I descended the steps from the station platform I heard applause... this joyous welcome was apparantly directed at me.

... "Welcome Refugees!!!" Huh? Oh, okay. I understood. Obviously I just arrived on a train with refugees. Embarassed, I looked around again. But I didn't see any Syrian...

I turned my blushing face down and rushed down the stairs. Still accompanied by applause and cries of welcome. Are they laughing at me or with me? I just wanted to get away. But four men ... greeted me kindly: "Selam Aleyküm. Welcome in Germany!". Without thinking I answered "Aleyküm Selam." Big mistake. Because then it was no question whether I was a refugee or not. I was.

... He explained something in a language I didn't understand ... I finally understood that he tried to talk in English. I tried to explain to him that I wasn't a refugee. First in English, then Arabic, and finally in German but in vain.

My words were lost in the screaming and jubilations. The people were crowded around me. They pushed sandwiches, drinks, and teddy bears into my hands. Apparently, the first thing a refugees needs on his arrival in Germany is a teddy bear. While generously giving me their presents they looked at me expectantly. They were waiting for the the light of gratitude in my eyes. Instead I could only give them a disappointed frown.

The volunteers pulled me somewhere else... When I tried to break free he just strengthened his grip... he began to speak German very loudly and slowly. Why do people believe that one can suddenly understand a foreign language as long as it's properly enuciated? I was to be registered and brought to a temporary shelter... They also talked about me as if I wasn't there: "Poor thing. She looks totally exhausted."

I started to panic... Again and again I tried to explain: "I am not a refugee!" Nobody listened. ... Desperately I thought "You idiots", then I said: "You fucking idiots!" Well I screamed it. But it helped.

Finally they were quiet. Finally they looked at me properly. ... I showed them my German ID. We apologized to each other.

... Worse, as a Turkish-German I had never been treated as well as on that day when they thought I was a Syrian refugee.

... I console myself with the knowledge that this love is just a passing fancy.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Sep 13th, 2015 at 09:27:34 AM EST
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