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Refugees Get A Not-So-Warm Welcome In This Slovak Village

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Residents in a Slovak village have almost unanimously mobilized to make sure Syrian refugees don’t feel welcome as they fear “islamization” of their community.

The people of Gabcikovo staged a vote last month where 97 percent of the 5,000 residents said they were against housing refugees in an abandoned dormitory in town. (RELATED: ‘Culture Of Rape’ Taking Hold In Refugee Camps)

“They flew airplanes into the twin towers. Why not blow up the dam?” a local vegetable vendor in Gabcikovo said according to The Washington Post.

Over 500 asylum seekers have arrived since the facility eventually reopened last week. The locals have made their welcome so hostile many of them now want to continue their journey and settle in other countries.

“I don’t want to be here. The police are watching,” one of the refugees told The National Geographic. “Sometimes you feel like no one respects you,” another refugee added.

Slovakia, one of the smaller states in the European Union with 5.4 million residents, was one of four countries that voted against spreading 120,000 asylum seekers across 28 nations last week. The measure forces Slovakia to take 802 of the immigrants.

Slovak leaders have been upfront about their fear for “islamization” and initially only agreed to open up borders as a shortcut for refugees on their way to Austria and Czech Republic. The government further said they would agree to take up to 200 Syrians on the condition that they are all Christian, according to BBC.

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