A specter is haunting
Europe—the specter of mass illegal immigration from the benighted regions to
Europe’s south. There are parallels with the current situation in the
Western hemisphere, but there are important differences too.
As dire and disgraceful as our own federal government’s insouciance towards mass illegal immigration has been,
Europe’s danger is even greater, and
Europe’s failure to confront the issue therefore more deplorable.
Consider the numbers. The three countries contributing the most to the
Crusade coming in across our southern border—Guatemala,
El Salvador, and
Honduras—are home to 29 million people. If the entire populations of those three countries decamped to the
USA our population would increase only nine percent.
Many more than three countries are contributing to the human flood into
Europe across the
Mediterranean and through
Turkey. The five most commonly mentioned in news reports and the
Eurostat databases are
Sudan–homelands for a total of 106 million people. If they all moved into the 28-nation
European Union, the
EU population, currently 506 million, would increase by 21 percent.
Extend that list to the next five most-mentioned nations—
South Sudan, and
Mali—and you just added 340 million potential immigrants, taking the 21 percent up to 88 percent.
And you can go on adding to the list for quite a while without reaching any countries less messed-up and poor than those of
I continued my arithmetic for just ten more countries—
Central African Republic,
Iraq—without even getting close to
Guatemalan levels of stability and prosperity (Nigeria!
Iraq!), for a total top-20 source-nations population of 826 million. If they all took to the boats,
EU population would nearly triple.
Thus, while both the
USA and the
EU live figuratively in the shadow of dams with vast numbers of wretched people in dysfunctional nations backed up behind them, the
EU’s dam is far wider and higher than ours, the shadow correspondingly deeper.
The wealth gap is greater over there, too.
GDPs per capita for
El Salvador, and
Honduras are 10, 14, and 9 percent of the
US figure. Compare
Sudan at 15, 3, 2, 3, and 8 percent of the
EU average—and that
Syria figure is from 2011, before the civil war.
According to the
World Bank, average gross national income per capita in the
EUwas $33,906 in 2012, while in sub-Saharan
Africait was $1,547.
Burden Alone” by
Wall Street Journal,
That’s an overall ratio of 4.6 percent. In other words, while the average
US citizen is four or five times as rich as the average
Latin American, the average
EU citizen is twenty-two times as rich as the average sub-Saharan
Third World, and then there’s
The demographic changes of recent decades have been a tremendous revolution in world affairs, largely unnoticed by ordinary citizens in the
West, preoccupied as we naturally are with our work, families, and national political concerns.
Our images of foreign places that do not directly concern us tend to get frozen in our schooldays and stay that way for decades. I grew up among working-class
British adults who visualized
France—next door!—in louche images drawn from the
Belle Epoque of sixty years before.
France of the 1950s was in fact rather dull and strait-laced.
Important people should know better: the
Pope, for instance, who last year visited the
Italian island of
Lampedusa to welcome boat people from
Eritrea and to urge his fellow
Europeans to extend charity to them.
I understand of course that the
Pope is a man of faith, and that religion traffics in eternal truths. I have no doubt
His Holiness’ injunctions to charity are sincere. The less devout among us, however, can’t help wondering whether ideas about the
Brotherhood of Man that were appropriate when there were 100 Italians for each
Eritrean are still tenable as the ratio dwindles down into single digits.
Matters of assimilation are more difficult to quantify, but here too it’s hard not to think that
Europe is in an even worse pickle than we are. The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants into
Europe are either black, or
Muslim, or both. That is to say, they are from the two groups with the poorest track records of assimilation into
European elites are surprisingly blithe about all this. Most public discussion of the topic is still conducted in the elite vocabulary of compassion, ethnomasochism, “humanitarian crisis,” xenophilia, and indifference to one’s own people.
This is even the case in
Italy, which has borne the brunt of the recent surge across the
Mediterranean. After a disaster off
October when 366 boat people drowned, the
Italian government launched
Operation Mare Nostrum, instructing the country’s
Navy to intercept the illegals’ vessels.
Nostrum was originally advertised as a police action:
The goal will be … to approach as close as possible to the ports of the
North Africancountries from which the dilapidated boats sail … The hope is that this operation acts as a deterrent against those who organize this illicit traffic in human beings by intercepting them before they can leave passengers to their fate, and to apprehend them in the middle of committing a crime … Such deterrence would become illusory if
Operation Mare Nostrumwere interpreted by traffickers as an aid to reach the
Italiancoast … [L’Operazione
Mare Nostrum quickly morphed into a mainly humanitarian operation. Its director,
Admiral Foffi, now boasts that “We never push back a boat.”
This has had a predictable effect.
There are more and more boats. More than 66,000 people have arrived in
Italysince the beginning of the year compared with just under 43,000 for the whole of 2013.
Italyappeals for help in migrant rescues,
(Should you feel tempted here to insert an
Italian Navy joke—“
Chicken of the
Sea,” etc.—please note that the
Italian Navy acquitted itself rather well in WW2 in spite of deficiencies in equipment.
The 1941 raid on
Alexandria crippled two of
Britain’s capital ships with no
Dissent is mainly limited to internet comment threads. Thus the
Times of Malta, reporting on a conference to mark
World Refugee Day last month, quoted a
United Nations hack as calling
Mare Nostrum a “great humanitarian success.”
Observed a commenter: “Since when is enticing whole nations to abandon their continent and [arrive] irregularly on another continent a ‘great humanitarian success’?”
Whether or not
Mare Nostrum is any kind of success, the
Italians are grumbling that they are taking most of the responsibility for a
Europe-wide problem. The
Italian government is threatening to suspend
Mare Nostrum if the
EU doesn’t step up. They have even, most recently, threatened to leave the
Euro currency zone if help is not forthcoming.
Prime Minister Matteo] Renzi told the
Italianparliament that “A Europe that tells the
Calabrianfisherman that he must use a certain technique to catch tuna but then turns its back when there are dead bodies in the sea cannot call itself civilized.” … Mr
Renzithen threatened to leave the
Europeansingle currency if the
EUdoes not help with the costs of
Mare Nostrum. He said “If, when facing the tragedies of immigration, we are told, ‘This is not our problem,’ then I say keep your single currency and leave us our values.” …
Immigrants can now travel easily over much of
Europeonce they are within the
EU. This is because of the provisions of the
Schengen Treatywhich created the
Schengen Area. This covers 26 countries mainly in continental
Schengen countries have abolished internal border controls so it is possible to move freely between
Schengencountries without showing any identification papers.
In reality, therefore, once a migrant has reached
Italy, he (or she, though migrants are predominantly young men), will often leave
Italyand can go virtually anywhere in
Europe… Many head for northern
Europeancountries such as
Swedenand are often not discovered for months or years. It is estimated that two thirds of migrants who arrive in
Italyleave for other countries. [
Italian PM: If
EUwill not help on immigration, we will leave
Renzi addresses the issue in elite-compassionate language: “dead bodies in the sea … civilized … tragedy … values.” The thought that
European civilization, as was famously said of the
US Constitution, is not a suicide pact, seems not to have occurred to anyone at
Signor Renzi’s level.
EU will in fact take the matter in hand is very doubtful. There is essentially no
European external-border policy.
EU has an agency,
Frontex, established in 2004 “for the
Management of Operational Cooperation at the
External Borders of the
Member States of the
European Union.” Frontex is woefully underfunded, though, at 0.06 percent of the
EU budget (and in fact has just had its funding cut, which “came as a surprise to many, given that illegal migration flows across the
Mediterranean continue to grow and make headlines.” [
France campaigns for
EU border guards,
June 26, 2014]
Europe’s external borders are almost entirely an issue for the countries that share them. If there is to be a
Fortress Europe, its ramparts will have to be built from scratch.
Main Stream Media, education, and political elites are under the same ideological spell as ours: the spell that makes it impossible to think the thought that a nation’s character, institutions, and fate might have anything to do with the inherited qualities of the people who live there. And
European techniques of
Thought Control are if anything more advanced than here, due to lack of constitutional protections, post-colonial guilt, and ancient feudal habits of deference to authority.
Sweden is generally agreed to be the worst case.
Swedes are more worried about an increase in xenophobia in
Swedenthan they are about the increase in immigration, a new study found on
The study from the
Gothenburg Universityfound that while 49 percent of
Swedeswere concerned about immigration levels, 78 percent were worried about an increase in racism …
Swedenhas been a hot topic in
Sweden, not least with
Swedentaking the lead in questions of granting asylum to refugees. Last week,
Swedentook in 20 percent of the
EU’s asylum seekers in 2013—a total of 26,395 asylum seekers, mostly from
Syria. Around 15 percent of
Sweden’s population is foreign born. [
Swedesworried about racism,
It was again left to a commenter to make the obvious point.
If it wasn’t for mass third world immigration you wouldn’t have any of these problems. There is no racism in a homogenous society, as
Swedenused to happily be. I could weep for you. You are the poster boys for suicidal liberalism. In 200 years no one will even remember a country called
Sweden leads, the institutional
EU is close behind.
EU Commissioner for
Cecilia Malmström, has expressed hopes that the new common
Europeanasylum system, to be implemented by 2015, will result in more
EUcountries admitting refugees.
Europeput to the test,
Norwegian Refugee Council,
And in case you’re thinking: “Oh, refugees—who could object to accommodating them?” note please that the globalist elites are busily changing the meaning of “refugee” to cover any kind of illegal immigrant.
Nationsofficials are pushing for many of the
Central Americansfleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the
Mexicoto accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum …
Obamaadministration viewed the situation at the border as a refugee crisis,
Josh Earnestsaid it was “a humanitarian situation that requires urgent attention.”
UNpushes for migrants to be called refugees, by
So just as your mother told you, there’s always someone worse off than yourself. As we struggle to push back against the nation-killers in
DC, pause to spare a thought for the native peoples of
Europe, helpless—because they have psychologically disarmed themselves—before an onrushing tsunami far more terrifying than the one we face.
John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes
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We Are Doomed: Reclaiming
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