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Sunday , November 18 2018

Report cites rise in ‘suspicious’ racial practices against Mideast immigrants

Kuwaiti tourists recount unpleasant experiences at Euro borders

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 27: Kuwaiti tourists have formed the focus of a warning report published by the Financial Times recently, in which it monitored the rise of suspicious racial practices against Middle Eastern immigrants, especially non-white skinned people when they pass security checkpoints at border crossings of the Schengen region which includes 26 European countries, reports Al-Rai daily.

At the beginning of the report, a Kuwaiti tourist identified only as Fahad and his family were quoted as saying: “This usually happens.” “The security checkpoints became part of Fahd’s annual summer vacation as he drove through mountains with snow-capped peaks in southern Bavaria,” the report said, adding that Fahd, a father of three, was with his wife in their silver colored family car when Border Police officers stopped them in the quiet town of Kiefersfelden.

The report went on to describe how Fahd and his family “did not pass the mark” from the security point as they did in previous years, but “had to wait more than half an hour until they were granted permission to pass from Austria into Germany.”

The report cited another young Kuwaiti woman, identified only as Uruj, saying she and her husband and their little daughter had to wait for about an hour in their car under the pretext that their daughter did not have a child seat, even though they had valid visas. “I think they did not like our skin color,” the report quoted the veiled Kuwaiti tourist as saying after being allowed to cross into Germany.

The report also noted that most of the people who were stopped, interrogated and searched at Kiefersfelden were tourists traveling in luxury and expensive family cars and from the Gulf countries. To illustrate the extent of the phenomenon of racial suspicion, the author of the report explained, “During the three hours spent at that security point, we noticed 70 percent of those who were stopped, searched and interrogated were of non-white skin.”

The Kuwaiti tourist Fahd was one of the few with a beard, while the other were veiled women and travelers just because they appeared non-white. All of them were parked on the side of the road as soon as they arrived and their luggage and rear trunk of the car were searched

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One comment

  1. I am surprised that these people feel they are being singled out in such a way. Being made to wait and treated like an animal is a daily occurrence for every expat in Kuwait, so why do Kuwaitis feel they should be subjected to special treatment when in our countries? As for Uruj saying that not having a child seat is a “pretext”, what utter nonsense – it’s the law, and a Kuwaiti having a visa does not make her above the law even if she thinks she is here. And yes, people wearing veils will be treated with suspicion in the western world. Terrorism is a very real threat and it is only right that border guards do everything necessary to protect people. It is no different to motorcycles being told to remove their helmets to allow identification but we don’t hear of them complaining about being mistreated. The sense of entitlement some Kuwaitis have is simply nauseating – just because tgey can flaunt the law in Kuwait does not give them special privelages in other countries.

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