The Welfare State meets open borders

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Violent backlash in Germany as asylum seekers pour in.

Elsewhere, the rhetoric has been no more welcoming, and often the official policies are designed to push migrants away. Right-wing parties in Denmark are seeking to clamp down on the number of people coming in, while Hungary is pushing ahead with plans to build a 13-foot-high barbed-wire fence along its border with Serbia, despite criticism from its European Union partners.

The Czech government has defended the right of the police to detain illegal migrants. Last week, its president, Milos Zeman, responded to a revoltamong migrants held in a guarded facility by saying, “No one invited you here,” and, “If you don’t like it, leave.”

Sweden’s immigrant influx triggers a backlash

And, again from Sweden, back in 2010:

In Maria’s high-rise suburb of Almgården an astonishing one in three voted for Sweden Democrats, a party dubbed “racist and neo-Nazi” and led by Jimmie Åkesson, the new young darling of the European far right.

The reason is plain. Maria pointed across the dual carriageway to the neighbouring housing scheme of Rosengård, known locally as “the ghetto”.

It is home to almost 20,000 immigrants, overwhelmingly Muslim, almost half of them jobless.

“It’s become crazy around here. You can’t go out in the evening,” said Maria, who like other locals, did not want her surname revealed. “I’ve got nothing against foreigners. I’ve been married to a Bulgarian for 40 years. But these people don’t share our values. If you don’t like the colour of our flag, I say, I’ll help you pack your bags.”

Milton Friedman pointed out the problem decades ago:

Why is it that free immigration was a good thing before 1914 and free immigration is a bad thing today?

“Well, there is a sense in which that answer is right. There is a sense in which free immigration, in the same sense in which we had it before 1914, is not possible today.

“Why not? Because it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare.”

“So it’s one thing to come to America, it’s one thing to immigrate for jobs, it’s another for welfare.”

Obama and other supporters of the centralized state, including many Republicans, disagree but, as always, when something can’t continue, it won’t, as the Europeans are discovering.

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  1. uminn65

    The flood becomes irreversible once the liberals’ plan to give illegal aliens the right to vote is a reality. Even the liberals will come to acknowledge their stupidity when their choice of candidates is between an Islamist and a Mexican nationalist.

  2. Sebastian

    Mr. Friedman had his point. I am a tad an Ayn Rand anorak. I believe that this is a matter of race instead of immigrants; even though Europe and the world is shambolic at the moment, In the case of England, besides the issue of immigration from Calais (which I believe you might be informed) is has to do with the Islamisation that overwhelms and I’m not saying that Muslim are all bad or else…but when you are in London you can feel the tension. And some Irish…Do not get me started…IRA still is alive.

  3. Perhaps cultural suicide in Europe is not inevitable.

    Muslims are still pissed off about being thrown out of Spain in the middle ages. Bin Laden referred to it as the “tragedy of Andalusia”.

    • Sebastian

      Have you heard of the expression Eurabia? And now they (spaniards) go to Latin America for work, in countries like Chile (a tad more organized than their neighbous) and Argentina because they are too idle to learn proper english. Or at least the one people speak in, say Florida… And I am not saying the US is the best or else I might add.

  4. Toonces

    Mohammed: the most popular boys name in London