Samira Ahmed: Most refugees are men – we should be asking why



The BBC’s Samira Ahmed asks a fundamental question about the migrant crisis...but in The Big Issue magazine and not on the BBC….

Most refugees are men – we should be asking why

“Just as in East Germany, looking at gender opens up a legitimate question about how you build a strong and stable society”

One of the most intriguing anecdotal demographic phenomena of the 1990s was what happened to East Germany’s young women; how many upped sticks and headed west in search of opportunity. It was, Germans told me, overwhelmingly men who stayed put when their obsolete industrial jobs disappeared, and in some cases nursed a grievance against foreigners. The rise of far-right extremists in the East seemed correlated with that demographic change.

Polling here shows a large number of Britons, the majority even, are at best cautious about taking in refugees from Syria because of the fear of conservative Islamic attitudes. Some readers might want to dismiss this as a cover for racism, just as in the 1930s the Daily Mail warned of the “threat” of so many Jews coming from Hitler’s Germany.

But just as in East Germany, looking at gender opens up a legitimate question about how you build a strong and stable society. Where are all the women refugees? According to the latest UNHCR figures, 72 per cent of the numbers arriving in western Europe so far in 2015 are men, 15 per cent children and only 13 per cent women. A BBC World Service reporter a few days ago described on air the unease he and female colleagues felt when they tried to interview women refugees, only to be uniformly refused permission by their men.

So where ARE the women refugees? Some men will have planned to establish themselves and then bring families over safely. But talking to lawyers dealing with the influx of young male Afghan migrants here a decade earlier, it seems in many cases families spend money on the people they value most. And that’s not the women.

When we talk of compassion and doing the right thing in these humanitarian crises, perhaps we ignore gender at our peril.

Interesting that Samira Ahmed, a Muslim woman, should think this is an issue that is important enough to raise questions about …but….she does so not at the BBC but in ‘The Big Issue’ magazine.  Why?  Why not the BBC?  Is it just that she had the opportunity to write this in the Big Issue, perhaps somebody there asked her to do it, or is it an issue that is close to her heart but which the BBC has decided is one that isn’t to be aired by them due to its ‘inflammatory’ nature in that it raises serious questions about, not just immigration, but Islam itself and its respect or otherwise for women (as we looked at yesterday)?

Has the BBC explored this issue?, I haven’t seen it, or is this just another example of the BBC hiding uncomfortable truths because they would make people even less inclined to support immigration which the BBC is a powerful cheerleader for?

An interesting and very relevant consideration that is coming into focus very quickly is that Turkey is possibly heading towards civil war (and where are the cries of outrage, ala Israel, about Turkey’s massive military strikes against the PKK?) and yet the EU, itself heading towards a split, is trying to bribe the Turks to stop the flow of migrants by allowing Turks much freer access to Europe…all 75 million of them…..and note Islamist Turkey is helping the Islamic State because it is the enemy of the Kurds……the same Islamic State that is driving migrants towards Europe.

And here’s something from the Commentator, written by ex-ambassador Charles Crawford, to chew on and consider when listening to all those BBC journos wittering on about open borders, the horrors of the nation state and the joys of mass immigration of people who follow the religion of peace:

Open Borders? Meet national Identity

Migration crisis? Not good. Rapidly getting worse. Maybe World War Three starts not because one country grabs another’s land, but because in too many places simultaneously international borders just start to melt?

The dramas of fences and quotas and agonising personal stories now playing out in different parts of Europe and along other international borders raise existential questions at the heart of human identity. Do national and cultural identities exist? If so, how to defend them if they come under challenge?

Let’s look at another question. Do the lights in your home go on or off when you flick a switch? Yes, there’s electricity. But that electricity supply (and the fact that your house has a switch) comes from the fact of a reliable and identifiable legal order.

Everything you see around you has been invented and created somewhere in the world thanks to myriad contracts enforceable under local laws and supporting international agreements.

Those legal systems exist only because they are attached to a territorial jurisdiction. England’s laws apply in England. Cross into Scotland or hop over to France, and different laws apply. This is often overlooked when people talk about an EU without internal borders.

Yes, an EU citizen and a non-EU citizen with a Schengen visa can drive to and fro across continental Europe without producing a passport. But the EU member states’ respective invisible legal jurisdictions remain 100 percent in place.

If tens or hundreds of thousands of young Arab Muslims are unwilling to fight for their own country but instead demand to live in (say) Germany or Sweden or the UK or USA, what assurances of loyalty to their new host country and its values can and should be asked of them as part of the admission process?

How then to respond if they then form tightly-knit and ideologically extreme communities and start to resist their generous hosts’ hospitality?

As the modern democratic state’s control over its own vital rules frays, our smug political elites stare aghast at the philosophical and practical confusion their fecklessness has created.

And in one country after another, angry populists start to win leadership positions by playing on legitimate public concerns that if the state under current management is unable to do its most basic job — to protect its own borders, and choose and enforce its own values — the law-abiding citizens of that state need to look at more drastic solutions.

Not good. Rapidly getting worse.

Maybe World War Three starts not because one country grabs another’s land, but because in too many places simultaneously international borders just start to melt?



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8 Responses to Samira Ahmed: Most refugees are men – we should be asking why

  1. Cassandra says:

    Slightly off topic but worth watching.



  2. Sluff says:

    Yes, most migrants are young and male and not even Syrian !! And Al-Beeb asks no questions.
    And yet in my personal highlight of the year, we remember that Feargal Keane last week managed to interview a female Syrian migrant in a wheelchair! Now, as Harry Hill might say, “what are the chances of that?” Tick tick tick in the diversity bingo game, if only she had been Lesbian it would have been ‘Full House’.
    He thought her “an inspiration”, was that before or after she explained her main motivation was free healthcare for her condition?
    I’d like to know how she has been urinating and defecating these past weeks, for she looked pretty clean to me, as did the wheelchair. Could she be getting into the wheelchair just for the BBC’s ‘investigative journalists’?


    • tarien says:

      Yes indeed My wife was asking the same question, particularly in respect to women & their personal hygene at certain times of the month-where do they offload? Where do these migrants relieve themselves? It appears from the pictures seen, that these people appear to have absolutely no consideration for the amount of rubbish they scatter everywhere. Together with the pious politicians and celebrities engaged in a grotesque competition to out-do each other in the pity and piety stakes with many of them offering to share their homes with immigrants, the duplicitous mainstream media are conducting a relentless psychological assault on the people of Europe-mostly in our respect the BBC. Every day, images of suffering children and distraught parents are splashed across the pages in order to whip up a frenzy of guilt-fuelled pity and sympathy for the poor “refugees” who are “fleeing the horrors of war.” And the people of Europe lap it all up as if it were the gospel truth, put all notions of self-interest to one side and willingly accept that they must welcome in thousands of invaders, meekly surrender their territory and cheerfully pay for it all.Instead, these bleeding heart wannabe saints are making Western nations far less safe.


  3. BBC delenda est says:

    Alleged refugees.


  4. NCBBC says:

    Most of these people are young Sunni Muslim men, probably all supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad.

    Samira Ahmed – another Muslim living in the West, and still following a religion bent on the destruction of the West. So which side is she on?


  5. Sluff says:

    Pass the sick bag! I’m feeling distinctly nauseous. I think the artificial leg did it for me. It’s just SO representative! Not!

    10 photos of recognisable people. Two of groups of young males. Two of pregnant women. Four of young children.
    Funny how this is totally at odds with the refugee statistics from the official sources.
    Two from Damascus, which is relatively safe. One of Kurds who have their own relatively safe autonomous region.
    The Al-Beeb Orwellian brainwashing knows no bounds, and their reporters and editors know no shame when it comes to bias.


    • BBC delenda est says:

      Remember the photographs of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown?
      The photographs taken when they were ten.
      Photographs intended to demonstrate how small and angelic they were.
      When they were actually large thugs, who, thankfully, became dead thugs.
      The imagination of the treasonous Beeboids is severely limited.
      Nearly as limited as the collective trust in the BBC shown on this site.
      Sorry BBC, you are lying yet again, and you know that we know it.


  6. Fred Bloggs says:

    Media conspiracy, but don’t tell Aljazerra. It seems bBC and ALL other media outlets including papers have decided that the huge migrant flow does not exist. Why, because they have all stopped reporting it. Those who think that our media and news outlets are not controlled should have a hard think about this subject. Do they think that those almost millions of migrants have had a change of heart and turned around.

    Well nobody told Aljazerra to stop reporting, they have said that 70,000 migrants have just arrived in Croatia. And the rest of the UK media what are they saying. Goebbels is alive and well and controlling the UK news outlets.

    Update, have just seen a SMALL bit on Sky about it, just a map no video. But in general it is OFF the news aganda.