As part of the Global North, Europeans have been living in first-world comfort since the continent was rebuilt from the ashes following the end of World War II. But a massive new influx of migrants and refugees from third-world countries in the war-torn Middle East and North Africa are reigniting outbreaks of contagious diseases that had been long eradicated from the continent
As reported by RT.com, unvaccinated migrants have brought diphtheria to Denmark, stunning health officials and leaving the government scrambling to contain the outbreak.
„The infection can be very dangerous if one isn’t vaccinated against it. The dangerous type is very rare and we last saw it in Denmark in 1998,“ Kurt Fuursted, spokesperson for the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) told Metroxpress in reference to the likely return of the disease, which was last seen in the country 20 years ago.
„There is no doubt that infectious diseases are coming in with the refugees that we aren’t used to. There have been discussions on whether all refugees who come to Denmark should be screened,“ Fuursted added.
„Tighten the screws„
„Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants should be vaccinated without unnecessary delay according to the immunization schedule of the country in which they intend to stay for more than a week,“ says a joint WHO-UNHCR-UNICEF guidance on general principles regarding vaccination of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe, RT.com noted. Despite this recommendation, and the fact that the German government pushes vaccines for the children of its native citizens, refugees are being allowed into the country without receiving any vaccinations.
Published on Nov. 23, the guidance further urges nations to provide refugees and migrants with access to a „full vaccination schedule.“
RT.com noted further:
The immigration officials and the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, a supreme healthcare authority in Denmark, are expected to review screening policy, according to Health Minister Sophie Lunde.
In recent months, Denmark has begun to tighten the screws in an effort to curb the refugee influx. [The] Danish Parliament [voted recently] on a bill proposing to strip refugees of valuables, including cash and jewelry, to cover the costs the country bears in connection with their stay. It would allow authorities to claim individual items valued at more than 10,000 kroner (US$1,450).
In Danish communities of Thisted, Sonderborg and Haderslev, local nightclub owners have begun to introduce „language controls“ – that is, they are turning away anyone who does not speak Danish, German or English.
According to Denmark’s immigration agency, about 18,000 refugees and migrants were looking for asylum last year – far from the 163,000 seeking asylum in neighboring Sweden.
Some see similar problems coming to the U.S. under the Obama White House’s generous refugee resettlement and immigration programs.