View Full Version : Europe Has Their Own Immigrant Crisis

08-26-2015, 03:28 PM
While ours was from non-enforcement, they basically just left the doors wide open:


<section id="module-position-OX-JCESzRkk" class="storytopbar-bucket story-headline-module" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.9200000762939px;">Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds</section><section id="module-position-OX-JCETLsbQ" class="storytopbar-bucket story-byline-module" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 17.9200000762939px;">Glenn Harlan Reynolds1:36 p.m. EDT August 26, 2015
</section>Hundreds of thousands of migrants challenge EU's liberal stance on open borders.
From following the news, you’d think that immigration was strictly a U.S. problem, one brought to the fore by Donald Trump (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/08/25/presidential-candidates-trump-immigration-reform/32060331/). But although Trump has certainly moved the debate to a new level here at home, other parts of the world are facing an immigration crisis that is, if anything, worse. And there are lessons in that.

The European Union, for example, is now beset with a flood of “migrants (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/08/13/calais-france-chunnel-migrants/31652393/),” mostly from Africa and the Middle East. Some of them are fleeing war and civil strife; others are heading for a place with more economic opportunity — or, at least, with welfare benefits that dwarf what they could earn at home through hard work.

Most of Europe operates under what’s called the Schengen Agreement (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/schengen/index_en.htm), which abolished border controls among 26 European nations. Once within the Schengen Area, “any person, irrespective of nationality, may cross the internal borders without being subjected to border checks.”


One nation that isn’t part of the Schengen Agreement is Britain; to get from the rest of Europe into Britain you still have to show a passport (https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/before-you-leave-for-the-uk) and (depending on your home country) a visa. This policy, combined with Britain’s better economy (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11584547/Britains-bulging-economy-surges-past-France.html), has led to refugees piling up across the Channel in France. Refugee camps (The New Republic refers to a migrant “jungle” (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122591/inside-migrant-jungle-northern-france)) have bloomed in Calais, where the Channel Tunnel connects to Britain, and migrants have rioted (http://news.yahoo.com/eurotunnel-37-000-migrant-crossing-attempts-blocked-090258440.html), broken into trucks, and stowed away on trains in an effort to get to the English promised land.

This has led the British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, to suggest that they need to be sent home (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/09/african-migrants-threaten-eu-standard-living-philip-hammond). With the gap in living standards between Europe and Africa, Hammond said, the motivation to migrate would otherwise be insuperable. (Histories of the 19th-century colonial era talk about “Europe’s scramble for Africa (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/11chapter3.shtml).” That has led wags, such as Ross Douthat, to talk about today in terms of "Africa’s scramble for Europe (http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2015/08/09/africas-scramble-for-europe/)." In both cases, the motivation is money.)

Meanwhile, as Americans talk of a border fence, Bulgaria is building one, with razor wire and steel 12 feet high (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/world/europe/bulgaria-puts-up-a-new-wall-but-this-one-keeps-people-out.html). And Slovakia is flat-out refusing (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/slovakia/11811998/Slovakia-refuses-to-accept-Muslim-migrants.html) to accept Muslim migrants, viewing them as dangerous and destabilizing. Migrants have massed at the Macedonian border (http://www.wsj.com/articles/migrants-mass-at-serbia-macedonia-border-1440347386?mod=fox_australian) and are creating tensions (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/18/us-hungary-immigration-idUSKBN0OX17I20150618) between Serbia and Hungary. Hungary is building a fence too. Norwegian politicians are suggesting (http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/4956-frp-politician-proposes-to-send-refugees-in-norway-to-svalbard) that Norway should do something similar to Australia, which is sending unwelcome refugees to New Guinea or to prison (http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/14/refugees-forced-to-choose-between-png-resettlement-or-custody-in-new-prison).

As the numbers of migrants climb, and countries become weary of accommodating them, expect these tensions to grow.

So it’s good news and bad news. The good news is that immigration concerns aren’t just a problem for the United States. The bad news is that they’re a problem for the entire First World. What to do about it? Nobody seems sure. But although open borders are a nice idea, the fact is that countries differ in economics, in culture and in politics. No country can accept and assimilate an unlimited number of outsiders, and when the number exceeds a threshold, a backlash is certain. Thresholds are being exceeded, and backlashes are building, all over the world.

So it’s not just Trump. America, like the rest of the world, will have to decide what it wants to do about the fact that more people want to live here than we can accept. It is simple political reality that the problem can’t be ignored forever.

08-26-2015, 03:52 PM
Same problem, just a different part of the world.

I actually feel sorry for them. They can't accept their place in life.

08-27-2015, 01:01 PM
They can't accept their place in life.

Which is?

08-27-2015, 01:52 PM
While immigration is a big issue here, in Europe it's epidemic. And they're getting a flood of unknowns from very dangerous countries.

That whole 'open border' concept is really an odd notion. Must have been one hell of a salesman to convince all of those nations to agree to that in the first place... it seems foolish to me.

Grand ideas are one thing; harsh realities of the world we live in are entirely another matter.