Asylum-seekers shake up European Union and America

Today in The Australian

As the EU’s heads of government gather to discuss policies towards asylum-seekers, migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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33 Responses to Asylum-seekers shake up European Union and America

  1. Dave in Marybrook

    I really don’t know who is in “political turmoil”, but now that the hoi polloi cannot help but notice the hazards of unchecked migration, those political parties who are unconvincing in their policies will be punished. See Abbott, Trump, Orban, Conti et al and expect lots of wailing about populism and fascism, and see America, Hungary and Italy get their shit together and Canada, Germany and France go down the tube.

  2. …migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

    Yes, the complete transformation of Europe’s racial, ethnic, religious and cultural composition. Why the turmoil?

  3. billie

    asylum seeker are properly identified now as migrants, not as people seeking a safe haven they seek a benefactor

  4. Roger

    As the EU’s heads of government gather to discuss policies towards asylum-seekers, migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

    Everywhere except Australia, that is, where the Uniparty conspires to keep it off the agenda.

  5. H B Bear

    Too late for Eurabia, it’s heading for civil war. Immigration is a symptom of a wider American schism that shows no sign of closing and it not has the potential to split the republic. This is what happens when governments defy the demos in a democracy.

  6. OldOzzie

    A couple of things stand out in Henry’s Article

    Until recently, the issue seemed to pit the eastern Euro­pean countries, which adopted a tougher stance, against the rest. But the east Europeans were never as isolated as they appeared to be — and now the hardliners form a broad and powerful group, which in addition to Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria includes Italy, Austria, Denmark and Finland.

    Vocally opposing them is France; but it is not lost on his European counterparts that Emmanuel Macron’s rhetoric takes hypocrisy to new heights. Under the EU’s September 2015 agreement, France was to resettle about 20,000 refugees from Greece and Italy; it has accepted only 5000. Moreover, it is aggressively seeking to prevent asylum-seekers from crossing into France, including by — allegedly illegally — sending border patrols into Italian territory.

    and

    But however stormy the immediate tensions in the EU may be, they pale compared with those that lie ahead. Sitting across the Mediterranean is a demographic time bomb: on average, each European woman has 1.6 children; in contrast, each woman in sub-Saharan Africa has 4.75 children, with fertility rates in the Sahel and the sub-Saharan savanna ranging from 5.2 children per woman in Burkina Faso to a world record of 7.15 in Niger.

    Many of the highest fertility rates — which with rapidly falling death rates translate directly into explosive population growth — are in France’s former colonies, creating migratory pressures made all the more intense by poor economic performance.

    That those countries, which are on Europe’s doorstep, are swept by civil conflict and by the spread of radical Islam only worsens the outlook. And it means that the inability of Europe’s leaders to credibly address the looming crisis is sure to harden public attitudes.

    Summed up by

    Many years ago, Michael Walzer, a great American political theorist and (left-leaning) public intellectual, wrote that “to tear down the walls of the state is not to create a world without walls”; rather, it is to create “a thousand petty fortresses”, as those exposed to a surge in the number of outsiders “organise to defend the local politics and culture against strangers”.

    Those fortresses are rising before our eyes. The question is whether they will be fences between good neighbours, or a return to the hatred and distrust that impoverishes, and ultimately destroys, those it pretends to protect.

  7. DD

    …..and our UNiparty argues the merits of insignificant company tax adjustments while ignoring the extreme financial pain to all businesses, citizens and visitors (welcome or otherwise) imposed by their UNiparty policies. Merde!

  8. Egor

    Henry really means illegal economic border crossers who are also often caliphate expanders.
    But let’s call them “migrants”. Controlling the language is vital.

  9. …migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

    Cultural Invasion is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

  10. Eyrie

    Asylum seekers my arse. They are invaders bent on plunder, rape and pillage.

  11. RobK

    Meanwhile, there’s an official war on stateless terrorism going on and many of those fleeing to greener pastures are indistinguishable from enemy combatants. Insurgency is a most difficult war.
    The situation is quite differnt to when many UN treaties were drawn up 60 odd years ago.
    Add to this a UN push to redistribute wealth in the guise of a climate catastrophy and it’s easy to understand that people say “enough”.

  12. Zatara

    …migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

    But, but, but… who could have foreseen that? Why weren’t we warned?

  13. Ubique

    It’s starting to dawn on a few people that Europe can’t accommodate the entire populations of Africa and the Middle East. If you can’t accommodate them all, then you need a policy to ration entry, and Open Borders is not such a policy.

  14. Dr Fred Lenin

    The Mediterranean invaders could bt stopped by sinking a few invader boats off North Africa and letting the passengers swim or drown making no effort to save them , they would get the message . Next an Iron Curtain between islamofascist Turkey and civilised Europe letting only documented people through the border.
    All it needs is firmness, tell the u.n.communist fascists to get stuffed and strip them of any of our money . If the smugglers start bringing them here, drown a few boatloads ,no one is going to pay to get drowned .
    Get some guts or perish.

  15. Tim Neilson

    If the smugglers start bringing them here, drown a few boatloads ,no one is going to pay to get drowned .

    What was the estimate of total drownings under Rudd/Gillard/Rudd’s policies?

    How many drownings would there have been if instead of those policies the Dr Fred Lenin solution had been adopted right at the start?

    It takes a special level of incompetence to instigate a regime which ends up being less humane than torpedoes.

    (You’re such a bleeding heart softie Fred.)

  16. flyingduk

    The Mediterranean invaders could be stopped by sinking a few invader boats off North Africa and letting the passengers swim or drown making no effort to save them , they would get the message

    Sadly, this is true and is why we need strong men at the helm, not childless spinsters interested only in taking their countries with them when their own genes commit suicide. You cannot claim to be unable to ‘stop the boats’ until you have fired off all of your ordnance.

  17. Makka

    The truth is, this turmoil is really the elitists crapping their pants because their electorates are waking up to the enormity of the betrayal perpetrated on them. And they don’t like it. They know the socialist left parties that have dominated EU politics for decades will never fix their borders so increasingly now turn to Rightist parties to stem the migrant hordes.

    The elites are losing their grip on power so now it’s turmoil, FAR right parties! , nationalists etc. Next it will neo-nazis and fascists. When in fact all it is is ordinary people sick to death of seeing their country being stolen from them by waves of illegal immigration.

    Europe is headed for some serious trouble.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    I may sound harsh but I am a practical person who believe actions speak louder than words The solution lies in their country of origin not a civilised Western country where they will never fit in , overpopulation is the major problem ,a classic case is Ethiopia ,remember when the bleeding heart leftist pop star millionaire peasants chucke in a few bucks and sang songs to save the Ethiopians starving during a drought, the population then was 30million ,they have been receiving food aid since then ,the population has risen to 70 million in one generation . Now if a country cannot feed 30 million during a drought how the hell can it feed 70 million without help? If it hadn’t been for foreign food the population would have been no where near what it is now . So the West is being taxed to buy food for people in a country that cannot support them and has no contraception , thus creating a flood of them invading civilised western countries to live on welfare and comit crimes,talk about making a rod for your own back.

  19. iainrussell

    Fred, I like your style!

  20. Roger

    …remember when the bleeding heart leftist pop star millionaire peasants chucke in a few bucks and sang songs to save the Ethiopians starving during a drought

    The drought could have been managed; the famine was largely due to a civil war between the incompetent and corrupt government and Soviet and Cuban backed Marxist rebels. For his part the government leader of the day was sentenced to death but found refuge in Zimbabwe.

    Of course, not much of this was covered by the media.

  21. JohnL

    What’s coming to Germany as a result of this fuckup is not going to be good or pretty, but it could not happen to nicer and more deserving people. Throughout history, only Muslims caused more death and destruction than Germans.

  22. Gilas

    Fred,

    Spot on! Bleeding heart attitudes have been ripe for justified abuse by the illegals (NOT! migrants!) for years and achieve exactly nothing.

    Oh, and congrats for your punctuation.

  23. Dr Fred Lenin

    The u.n.communist fascists spruce “save the children”, an ongoing drain on people ,why not a contraceptive programme called”stop the children “ , be a much better use of money and save a lot of starvation and strife . The luvvies of course would never think of a practical , humane , cheap solution like that.

  24. Fisky

    Just consider the political fall-out of Merkel’s fatal decision to open the borders in September 2015, to 1.5 million Muslim males:

    -Brexit
    -Trump’s victory
    -Orban’s re-election by a landslide
    -Poland going hard Right
    -Italy falling to a populist anti-immigration coalition
    -Slovenia going Right
    -Austria’s Freedom Party joining the government, taking over all the security/intelligence ministries
    -An emerging alliance among alliance in Central/Eastern Europe against Germany

    You would think after all that epic ass-beating, the stupid EU “elites” would say – OK, time to cut our losses, that’s way too much losing, we’re getting sick of all the losing, maybe we should slam the EU’s external borders shut until this blows over. Nope! It’s full steam ahead on the Merkel/Macron Open Borders Express!

    And all of that over 1.5 million illegal immigrants. Imagine the backlash if that went up, say, tenfold. Ayayayayayayaye! Might be time for Merkel and her lackeys to pack their luggage and arrange for a couple of private jets to whisk them out of there.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    They would probably be granted political asylum by turnbull ,looking after his u.n.communist fascist mates ,,he wouldn’t have to give them money ,they , like ne have heard of the Cayman Islands Banks .

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    They would probably be granted political asylum by turnbull ,looking after his u.n.communist fascist mates ,,he wouldn’t have to give them money ,they , like he ,have heard of the Cayman Islands Banks .

  27. It’s interesting that the Left like to call Australia’s first settlers ‘invaders’, as people who came uninvited to another country and took it over. Why is it now that when people come uninvited to another country and take it over, they are called refugees?

  28. thefrolickingmole

    They know the socialist left parties that have dominated EU politics for decades will never fix their borders so increasingly now turn to Rightist parties to stem the migrant hordes.

    Problem being many of those parties are defined as “right” only because they oppose open borders.

    Le Pens mob are basically the Australian Greens minus the reffo policies.

    The 5 star mob love the corporate state run for the good of all..

    And so on.

  29. Clint

    But I thought a country benefited from immigration? Why is Europe so racist?

  30. JohnL

    But I thought a country benefited from immigration? Why is Europe so racist?

    Germany certainly did. Germans certainly did benefit. Not from immigration, that was never allowed, but from foreign labour. German’s wealth was built with American money and Slav’s labour, from WWII, until the communist whore gave it all to musses.

  31. Herodotus

    These two interviews with Patrick Moore should be permanently available here.
    He totally trashes the activists on every subject, and the takedown of CO2 alarmism in Episode 2 is comprehensive, devastating.
    Ep.1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_PRPGlL0_g
    Ep.2

  32. Herodotus

    Wrong thread! WTF?

  33. Combine Dave

    Pray Korea can avoid the mistakes of Australia and the EU.

    http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=251512

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