The Uncle That Fled to Germany, the Scary Refugee and the Collective Stockholm Syndrome


By Oana Popescu

September 2015


My uncle fled to Germany in 1986. He had a good life at home and did not experience persecution from the communists. My friends “took refuge” in Spain and Germany prior to 2007. They weren’t suffering of starvation, nor did they have the legal right to work or reside in the EU. Instead of holding others accountable to strict standards that we ourselves do not abide by, we should rather focus on efficiently managing a phenomenon that is here to stay.