Category Archives: mass migration

Europe cursed by welfarism

Screenshot 2020-01-25 at 16.31.12It is not demography that makes demographic renewal necessary in Europe, it is social security

It is often said that Europe has need of demographic renewal, so low is its birth rate. Dalrymple points out that this argument is

false, or intended to disguise something very discreditable.

The rate of youth unemployment in European countries with a total population of more than 150m is 20-25%, meaning there is a considerable reserve army of labour.

It should surely be easier for a young Spaniard, Greek, or Frenchman to integrate into German society than for someone from the Middle East or Africa. But the young Europeans, especially those without qualifications, are not desperate for work because, thanks to state allocations, they can get by without, and would hardly be better off if they did move to where there is work.

Countries with full employment need to import labour,

but cannot do so from other countries in Europe because that labour would require much higher wages to give them an incentive to seek work, higher wages than their labour was worth. In these circumstances, migrants are a necessary source of cheap labour, irrespective of whatever other advantages or—more likely—disadvantages they might bring.

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Youth unemployment in EU member states

Another in a long line of autocratic German leaders

Screenshot 2020-01-25 at 15.33.27Dalrymple observes that Angela Merkel’s sudden acceptance of a million migrants

was an authoritarian decision that made Viktor Orbán look a model democratic ruler. For when Merkel said, ‘We can do this,’ what she meant was, ‘You can do this,’ or rather, ‘You must do this,’ and all without the semblance of a consultation of the wishes of the German population in so serious a matter. She had nothing to lose herself but her polls, and she was near retirement anyway.

Her unilateral decision

must surely have deepened divisions in German society, between the better educated who were the least affected, and the worse educated who were the most affected by her decision. The former would be more concerned with feeling good about themselves—a specially urgent desire in Germany, for reasons I need not explain—than with the effect on those who would bear the brunt of the consequences of the decision. Voilà the rise of populism, that is to say of popular opinions that some people don’t like and think despicable.

Macron’s insidious policy of disease control

Screenshot 2020-01-25 at 15.16.21Emmanuel Macron wants a Europe-wide approach to immigration. This, says Dalrymple,

does not recognise that what suits one country does not necessarily suit another. It also implies a supranational authority that has the power to implement such a policy, even against the wishes of a local population. He wants migrants arriving—illegally, of course—to be shared out among European countries according to a binding formula.

His proposal implies that the migrants

are not a benefit but a liability to the receiving country, which is why they have to be parcelled out as if they were the bearers of some contagious disease.

Fine words butter no parsnips

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 08.56.42This is one of the laws of political science, writes Dalrymple. Thus

openhandedness and moral exultation have been quickly replaced by recrimination, border controls, and barbed-wire fences. The categorical imperative has met particular circumstances, and it is the latter which, as ever, have proved the more compelling.

It is Dalrymple’s desire — one shared by the vast majority of decent people everywhere — that

the small place in which I live should be saved from the influx of hundreds or thousands of migrants.

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Dilemma over mass migration to the West

Merton, a London suburb

Merton, a London suburb

Dalrymple writes that the change in the ethnic and cultural origins of the inhabitants of the Western world’s towns and cities

is so obvious that no one could possibly miss it. Some glory in the change, some detest it; it is difficult to be neutral, or even merely objective.

He says that on the subject of illegal immigrants to the West and the change

in the ethnic and cultural composition of our societies, I confess that my thoughts and feelings are inconsistent and contradictory.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 09.00.52Economic migrants are often

brave and enterprising, and have no desire to sponge on the state, but rather to work and improve their lives.

In the West they find themselves

in a sea of strangeness, incomprehension, hostility, or indifference.

Western countries appear to

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 09.12.51need people to come to us from impoverished lands, and this is so despite the fact that we have a substantial fund of unemployed people. Why this should be I leave to labour economists; I suspect it has something to do with the rent-seeking behaviour of a large percentage of our population (including me).

Immigrants to the West are often people of

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 09.18.04warmth, kindness, humanity and mannerliness. These qualities induce a slight feeling of shame in belonging to a culture in which these qualities should seem exceptional rather than normal. It is we, not they, who are so often crude.

On the other hand, Dalrymple cannot

view with delight the disappearance of the culture in which I grew up, which is being absorbed into a minestrone of no particular savour. I do not want to see my society changed irreversibly by an uncontrolled influx of immigrants.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 08.56.33Knowing another culture is not

simply a matter of patronising a restaurant of its cuisine from time to time. It is the work of years if not of a lifetime. Consider that multiculturalism condemns us to be strangers to one another; and, while all cultures have their charms, they may not all be compatible in their conceptions.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 09.25.46Dalrymple points out that

most people who support mass immigration are personally less keen on taking the social consequences.

For instance, in France recently,

Désolé

Désolé

someone contacted more than 40 media personalities who publicly supported immigration and asked whether they could assist personally with lodging an immigrant. Though each was rich, none said he could do so for more than a day or two, each finding a good excuse.