European Immigrants Handed Envelopes Filled With Cash
The U.K. Daily Mail Online recently reported that “migrants in Greece are set to be handed envelopes of cash” under a £550 million EU disaster fund announced just days ago. Officials in Brussels stated that, “despite the obvious dangers of giving taxpayers’” money directly to those in refugee camps to spend as they wish, it would help them “maintain their dignity.”
The EU aid plan is the first of its kind to provide humanitarian relief inside the continent. It was originally slated to be used to help charities provide essentials such as medicines, blankets and food.
It will be interesting to see what the “migrants” purchase with their cash in order to maintain their dignity, especially after they arrive at their destinations across the continent. Most of those receiving the cash are likely to be younger males from North African and Middle Eastern countries. If past behavior is any guide, they may be purchasing fireworks and call girls on the taxpayer’s dime, which might not do much for the European taxpayer’s dignity…or peace of mind.
The Brussels officials are actually seeking to maintain and enhance their own dignity with this decision, by feeling superior both to those that receive the money and those that give it up- grudgingly or not- in the first place.
The next time I cross over a border…into, say, Canada or South Dakota, I hope there is someone there to hand me an envelope, wink and nod at me and whisper, “There’s a little something in there for you, too.”