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Europe’s muslim refugee response is totally lopsided and utterly absurd – The numbers are simply staggering…

gettyimages-484313006Newly arrived Syrian refugees wait to be registered in the port of Kos on Aug. 17, 2015. Authorities on the Greek island have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary center to issue travel documents to refugees.   LOUISA GOULIAMAKIAFP/Getty Images

LISBON, Portugal — Listen to Britain’s leading politicians and tabloid press, and it seems clear which country is bearing the brunt of Europe’s refugee crisis.

Prime Minister David Cameron warns of “a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean.” His foreign secretary claims Britain’s social structure is under threat from “marauding” Africans just across the English Channel.

Despite the hysteria, Britain is little more than a bit player in Europe’s refugee drama.

A columnist with the country’s best-selling daily, The Sun, denounced refugees striving to reach Europe as “cockroaches” — a word popular with Jew-hating Nazis and the genocidal regime in 1994 Rwanda.

British angst has focused on around 3,000 migrants camped outside the northern French seaport of Calais. More than a dozen have died this year, mostly in attempts to enter the high-speed rail tunnel under the Channel.

Despite the hysteria, Britain is little more than a bit player in Europe’s refugee drama.

Numbers in Calais are dwarfed by the 264,500 boat people — mostly Syrians — whom the UN refugee agency says have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe so far this year.

Almost all of them have landed in southern Italy or Greek islands struggling to cope with the influx.

gettyimages-477298496Italian police officers surround a family of migrants during an operation to remove them from the Italian-French border in the Italian city of Ventimiglia on June, 16, 2015.   Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Still, more refugees arrive by land or air. Germany takes in most of them. The government estimates a record 800,000 people will request asylum there this year. Already in the first three months of 2015 it received 10 times more asylum requests than Britain, according to the latest figures from the European Union.

Even much smaller countries, including Sweden, Hungary and Austria, take more refugees than Britain, which received just 4 percent of EU asylum requests last year. (Hungary tends to be the first country of entry for many asylum-seekers — especially those from Balkan countries.)

That’s 0.5 for every 1,000 British citizens. In Sweden the ratio is 8.4 per 1,000. In Hungary it’s 4.3 per 1,000, and in Austria 3.3.

In fact, the UK is letting in fewer refugees than it used to. While the number of first-time asylum seekers in the EU rose to 185,000 in the first three months of this year — almost double compared to the same period last year — Britain saw a fall of 10 percent.

Yet the Brits are not alone in whining.

Asylum applicants from Kosovo, Macedonia and other places in southeast Europe still outnumber those from conflict zones like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Across Europe, nations are taking an every-man-for-himself approach to the mounting refugee crisis, thwarting attempts at burden-sharing and preventing the EU from forging a collective response to what the bloc’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos calls the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Governments lined up to reject a planned quota system that would oblige each EU country to take in a limited number of refugees.

Spain said high unemployment meant it couldn’t find jobs for newcomers. Politicians in the Baltic states agonized over the impact on society of a sudden influx of non-European faces. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said the plan was “insane.” He promptly ordered the construction of a 110-mile fence along the southern border to keep refugees out.


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