When Migrants Become Gumballs the Figures Look Like This
Liberals believe they are “humanitarians” by supporting legal immigration while those on the far left claim a similar stance in their support for illegal immigration. The video below on US issues applies equally to Europe where mass migration collides with EU recession and youth unemployment as high as 49.7% in some countries.
“It’s perfectly clear: Europe’s North Africa problem is the United States’ Central American and Mexican problem. Illegal immigration, south to north, is a global crisis”, writes Patrick Smith in The Fiscal Times.
In the video above — “World Poverty, Immigration and Gumballs”, Roy Beck of Numbers USA Education and Research Foundation describes as a “delusion” the idea that the US is “helping” world poverty with its immigration policies.
According to its website: “Numbers USA is a non-profit, non-partisan immigration-reduction organisation. We conduct research on the impacts of high numerical levels of immigration and educate the public, opinion leaders and policymakers on the results of those and other studies”.
(Note their caveat: “Nothing about the Numbers USA website should be construed as advocating hostile actions or feelings toward immigrant Americans; illegal aliens deserve humane treatment even as they are detected, detained and deported. Unfortunately, to write about problems of immigration is to risk seeming to attack immigrants themselves”.)
The US migration problem set out above is mirrored by the current wave of (illegal and criminally organised ) migration from Africa to Europe: “Africa’s population is projected to increase by 1.8 billion over the next 35 years – there will be 1 billion under 18s. “And while half of all deaths among children in the world occur in Africa — 1 out of every 11 African children dies before reaching 5 — child mortality has slowed since the ’90s”, according to a Unicef report.
As Branko Milanovic, a Serbian-American economist writing on the SocialEurope website about the Med Migrant crisis, notes: “One just needs to look at the newspaper headings to see that the problem of migrants is growing daily in Europe and that its gravity is greater than before. The number of migrants this year has already exceeded 100,000 (about 15% higher than the last, record, year); the number of the dead has reached at least several thousand although the statistics are murky since no one has a real incentive to compile them. People just die in the desert or at sea and no one cares. Practically every European country thinks about either deporting migrants, making the asylum laws more difficult, or simply shutting the borders: from France that under Sarkozy deported European (sic!) Roma, to Hungary that threatens to shut its southern border to Serbia, and to Bulgaria that, at the EU’s urging, has built a wall against Turkey…Every country in Europe is willing, at most, to be the transit point for migrants; none is willing to be the point of settlement. Thus everybody tries to pass the hot potato of migrants to its neighbor. The only way to make sure you will not have to accept the hot potato is to build a wall as Bulgaria has done and Hungary plans to….These trends look even more unmanageable for Europe when one takes a longer-term view and realizes that sub-Saharan African population which is currently only slightly greater than that of all of Europe is expected to be almost six times greater by 2100. Thus, economic migration will, if anything, increase … European difficulty in absorbing migrants is not only due to cultural or religious differences but also (unlike the US, Canada, Australia) to the lack of history of being a land of immigration. Although some countries have received political refugees in large numbers (France receiving refuges from the Spanish civil war, or more recently many EU countries accepting refugees from Bosnia), Europe has generally been an emigrant continent … Furthermore, lack of economic growth, sluggish domestic employment numbers and high unemployment rates in southern Europe make availability of real, however modest, jobs for migrants low…”
Or more succintly, as one-time Socialist and French Interior Minister Senator Jean-Pierre Chevènement recently told Le Figaro: “The threat to Europe is not from the East but from the South”: