These super shy immigrants deserve to be made welcome

Of all the unjustly negative stories about Eastern European immigrants arriving in other EU countries, few compare to those about a group of burly Slovenians now living in France.

Both male and female, they have been accused of terrifying local communities with anti-social behaviour, including acts of extreme violence.

The situation has become so bad that emergency meetings began in May to work out the future of these brown bears mainly living in the Pyrénées.

French and Spanish conservation activists are liaising with local authorities following escalating reports that they are massacring sheep, and even frightening human visitors to the mountains.

Discussions have got so heated that members of wildlife associations supporting the bears have reported death threats to the police. ...

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