The Incredible Shrinking European Union

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  1. osvaldo says:

    Interesting developments. Europe has traditionally been a region of emigration, especially in the past century. Generally speaking, it seems to be that today, this feature still shapes much of the debate regarding the issue of immigration, rendering it difficult for policy-makers to convince population –especially low qualified workers—that immigration is necessary. And these people are also voters, who elect national governments, and members of the European Parliament. I have the impression that both national and European authorities are trying to soften up the debate by emphasising that they are targeting highly qualified workers, who would decisively boost European economies, and contribute to the general welfare system. The questions are: is such an approach realistic? Is it possible to honestly discuss such topics in times of elections? From the historical-normative point of view, is it moral for Europe to adopt immigration policies that discriminate based on skills?

  2. Brett Bellmore says:

    The problem for Europe is that, in order to keep the place going in anything more than name, immigration has to be carefully managed so that the immigrants are similar in some respects to the people already present. Children may adopt the local culture by default, but adult immigrants bring their own, and unless hugely outnumbered, do not fully adopt the local culture. They replace it, instead.

    Otherwise you get, for instance, an Italy where the people don’t speak Italian, or particularly like pasta.

    It’s the nation-state equivalent of “You are what you eat.”

    The big problem for the West, is that there aren’t enough potential immigrants with Western value systems to satisfy the demand of all the sub-replacement Western nations. So it’s simply impossible for them to all continue in anything more than name; A century from now, most of Europe will be unrecognizable.

    The US, too; Ironic, that, because we’re close enough to replacement to not need massive immigration. Our political class are forcing it on us anyway, for their own reasons. Why they think this continent needs two Mexicos is a good question, for which I see no admirable answers.