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The welfare queens of New York and Chicago have nothing on this Turkish lady. She’s been contentedly living in Switzerland for the past 40 years, receiving generous social benefits and for the last 17 years, not working a single day. Recently, at long last, she was ordered to leave the country. More on her story can be found here.
A Turkish national who had been living in Switzerland for over 40 years has been expelled from the country and ordered to return home after the Swiss Federal Court ruled she had failed to integrate and lived off social welfare benefits for nearly two decades.
The woman had moved to Switzerland in 1983 at the age of 19 with her then-husband and started a family in the country. She had been subject to a settlement permit that was to be applied for and extended every five years, according to Solothurner Zeitung.
After separating from her husband in 2006, she lived on taxpayer-funded benefits for nearly 17 years from March 2006 until August 2022, receiving a total handout of over €373,000 in social welfare during that time.
How much, one wonders, did her former husband receive in social benefits as well — or was he gainfully employed during the last 40 years? And what about this lady’s children — did they also receive social benefits once they reached the age of majority? What was the total cost to Swiss taxpayers of paying for the members of this Muslim family that had lived in the country for 40 years? What conceivable contribution did any of them make to Swiss society, to its economic wellbeing, or to its cultural cohesion, in all that time?
After initially caring for her children, the woman never sought employment after they grew up, instead opting to continue living off the state.
When it came to applying for the latest extension to her settlement permit in July 2020, the Migration Office of the Canton of Solothurn refused her application, a decision she appealed to the Solothurn administrative court….
The Federal Court said that immigration officials had “rightly assumed that there was an important public interest in revoking the settlement permit” and noted that the complainant had “already received a large sum of social assistance money” and should not be entitled to further handouts moving forward….
One can fault the Swiss welfare system for having allowed this outrageous behavior – her refusing even to look for a job, and her determination to live solely on what the state provided – to continue for so long. Why did it take 17 years to finally decide to deport her? Why not have set a maximum number of years — say, three – that any immigrant could remain unemployed, after which he, or she, would be automatically subject to deportation?
Every year, using money she received from the Turkish government, this woman returned to Turkey on vacation, the country she had been born in and lived until the age of 19, and where she still had friends and family. She was not, in other words, being deported to a place where she no longer had connections. There would be no linguistic problems — she was a native speaker of Turkish — and no problem integrating into Turkish society which, in effect, she had never left even while geographically displaced.
This woman is emblematic of too many Muslim economic migrants now flooding into Europe. They claim asylum status — though it is hard to imagine what these so-called “refugees” were fleeing from in Turkey, where currently there is no war or persecution. What most interests them is not the political liberties the countries of the advanced West offer them, but the material benefits the generous welfare states of Europe offer those who gain entry. Almost everywhere in western Europe (eastern Europe is a different matter), Muslim immigrants can count on free or heavily subsidized housing, free medical care, free education, unemployment benefits (without a record of employment), family allowances, and more. These migrants, who are overwhelmingly Muslims from North Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey, are costing the European taxpayers large sums. For example, in Germany in 2022 spending on migrants rose to 28.4 billion euros, or $32 billion USD. Such sums are unsustainable, and anger over such costs, as well as over the crimes and the societal disruption attributed to Muslim migrants, has led to the meteoric rise in Germany of the anti-Muslim-immigrant party, Alternative für Deutschland; in France, alarm over Muslims already in the country has led to a severe tightening of restrictions on immigration, with President Macron adopting much of the program long promoted by Marine Le Pen, including withholding benefits to immigrants for the first five years of their residence in France; in the Netherlands, unease over the growing Muslim presence has led to the rise in popularity of Geert Wilders and his anti-Muslim-immigrant Party for Freedom (PVV), that now holds the most seats in the Dutch Parliament.
This Turkish woman’s livin’-is-easy existence in Switzerland for 40 years, and especially in the last 17 years, when for nearly the last two decades she lived entirely off the state, and did not work a single day, represents what too many Muslims in Europe have chosen to do, which is to live on benefits, supplementing them with the take from street robberies, house burglaries, and the drug trade. Now, after enduring her parasitic existence for 17 years, the Swiss have had enough. Let’s hope that her case represents a harbinger of things to come as her case prompts many other similar cases — perhaps hundreds of thousands of them across Europe — involving the Muslim economic migrants in Europe who, after having received so much, thanks to the naive benevolence of left-wing Western supporters of unhindered immigration, will now find themselves provided with a new address by the harassed Infidel governments of Western Europe: “Return to Sender.”