A female refugee camp worker has spoken out harshly against the tens of thousands of migrants entering her country Germany.
The woman, whose identity is being protected, told the German newspaper Welt am sonntag that she was “overjoyed” at the thought of “helping the refugees” when she began working at a refugee center in Hamburg last fall, the U.K.’s Daily Express reported.
But things changed quickly, and now, after witnessing and experiencing the behavior of some of these individuals first-hand, she is on the verge of quitting due to sexual harassment and demands she received from men she was instructed to help.
“Of course, you may not assess all refugees the same: there are many who are very friendly, happy to be here, very grateful, very willing to be integrated,” the woman said. “But if I am honest, working with 90 per cent of them is rather awkward and unfortunately not as I previously thought.”
She elaborated a bit on the types of encounters that had her wishing to quit after just a few days: ”First of all, many of them are extremely demanding. They come to me and ask to get an apartment and a fancy car and, best of all, even a really good job for them. If I try to explain to them that’s not possible, they are often noisy or even really aggressive.”
The worker said that an Afghan man recently threatened suicide, and “a few Syrians and a group of Afghans have declared they would go on hunger strike unless I would help them to move to another place.”
Extreme, violent language is a common occurrence. “Some from an Arab region recently yelled at a colleague of mine: ‘We decapitate you!’” she revealed.
The woman explained that the police are called to the refugee center “several times a week.”
Equally upsetting, she shared, are many of the refugees’ attitudes toward women.
“It is well known that it is mainly single men who come here — about 65 per cent, many less than 25-years-old,” she said. “And some of them do not respect women at all. They accept that we’re there, but they don’t take us seriously at all.”
The worker described the type of disrespect she has encountered since she began her job.
“If I tell them or give them a statement, as a woman they barely listen to me, dismiss it as irrelevant and just contact one of our male colleagues,” she said. “For us women they have often only scornful look — or just intrusive. They whistle loudly, say something to one another in a foreign language, laugh.”
Ignoring the disrespectful and aggressive comments hasn’t worked either. The woman said that things have gotten worse in recent weeks as “more and more men from North Africa, from Morocco, Tunisia or Libya” have arrived at the center.
She said she has had to take special precautions. Now, instead of wearing close-fitting clothes, she wears “wide-cut trousers” and shirts with high necklines. She also wears little make-up.
The woman concluded that quitting her role was the only real option she had left but saw that as a failure. ”Termination is really the only thing left for me,” she said. “But I originally excluded that because I like my colleagues very much, the refugee children also.”
She said that her colleagues are of the same mind and also wish to quit “because they can stand it no longer.”