Will Paris Attacks Alter Europe’s Refugee Policy?
Police and intelligence agencies are trying to determine if any of the assailants of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris entered Europe as asylum seekers from the Middle East. Serbia’s Interior Ministry on Sunday said one of the suspects, carrying a Syrian passport, had formally requested refuge in the country on Oct. 7 after passing through Greece four days earlier. Belgrade-based Blic newspaper reported the man was a 25-year-old named Ahmad Almohammad. The assaults may have significant implications for European policies toward the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria. Right-wing politicians in many European countries have argued that the relatively generous approach advocated by German chancellor Angela Merkel and others could open the door to jihadists.