Woe is us, woe is them: Daniel Pipes on illegal immigration to Europe, especially Spain: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/3634
As Western birth rates plummet, as communication and transportation networks improve, and as radical Islam increasingly rears its aggressive head, Europeans, Americans, and others worry about their economic standards and the continuity of their cultures. After ignoring this issue for decades, reactions in Europe especially have sharpened of late.
The first of his three examples is that France’s lower house has passed “a tough new immigration law”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/17/AR2006051701210.html?nav=rss_world
The second is Austria’s interior minister’s telling Muslims that 45% of them don’t fit in and they should immigrate somewhere else: http://www.orf.at/index.html?url=http://www.orf.at/ticker/217789.html
But Spain is the worst case. Africans used to come through Morocco, but “under intense Spanish and EU pressure,” Morocco took to dumping illegals in the desert without supplies if necessary: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/14/international/africa/14wire-morocco.html?ex=1148702400&en=716f7801c8fe9776&ei=5070
So they flocked to Mauritania to the south, especially South Asians: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5789116,00.html. But Mauritania also cracked down, and farther south they went, to Senegal — 900 miles from the Canaries in open boats, up to two out of five dying en route: http://news.ft.com/cms/s/34c50014-b62d-11da-9cbb-0000779e2340.html
But they keep coming, because it’s so nice once they get there: http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=124447 So many arrive, in fact, that a volunteer likened it to an “invasion.”: http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=124447
The Spanish try to buy off the West African jumping-off countries but they prefer the remittances — money sent back to family left behind. “Mass exodus” and big trouble loom, including armed conflict, as have-nots push their way in: http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/analisis/835.asp
Pipes’s piece is in today’s NY Sun, http://www.nysun.com/, a daily founded four years ago by Hollinger International, then headed by Conrad Black, some NYC businessmen, and its two founding editors, Seth Lipsky, formerly editor of The Forward, a Jewish-oriented weekly, and Ira Stoll, who ran a daily web-based critique of NY Times before the Sun rose on NYC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Sun.
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