| Hugh Fitzgerald: Schengenland And Its Discontents
| Friday, January 29, 2016
|In 1985, or 1990, or even 1995, no one could have guessed the
terrible problem that would arise quite soon, with Muslim migrants
making their way to Europe by the hundreds of thousands and exploiting
the Schengen system.
So that, once they had managed to smuggle themselves
into Schengenland at some particularly vulnerable ill-guarded point –
and Greece and Italy have both been accused by other European countries
of having insufficient border controls — they could then move about
Europe unimpeded, aiming to settle in the countries that offered the
This result is not at all what the Europeans who drafted
the original Schengen Agreement had in mind. They thought they were
merely making it easier for people from one European country to travel
to, live in, study and work in, another European country. The very idea
that in a decade or so the main – and unintended — beneficiaries of
Schengenland would be people indifferent at best, murderously hostile at
worst, to everything we associate with European civilization, could not
even be imagined.
The idea that masses of non-European “refugees” would
be moving around Europe for one and only one goal, to find the country
offering the most generous benefits — and the Europeans (see Sweden, for
example) have built up elaborate social welfare states — was never
This is what is happening in Europe today: the countries of northern
Europe, to which the Muslim immigrants aspire because of the greater
handouts that await them, are fed up with having to accommodate so many
of those Muslim migrants, who have proven to be a great financial burden
on the local taxpayers, and a source, too, of social upheaval (such as a
staggering rise in the crime rate), and of greater physical insecurity
for the indigenous non-Muslims.
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:08 AM