A boatload of sub-Saharan Africans who have crossed the Mediterranean to gain access to the European Union.
Like all the financial press (including the otherwise conservative Wall Street Journal), the Financial Times never stops cheerleading for more and more immigration. What is not to like: cheap wages mean higher profits.
Although I remain convinced that capitalism is far superior to socialism, the current mass immigration to the West may provide short term benefits in the form of higher stock prices and happy businessmen, but in the long term it risking turning the entire West into countries composed of Balkanized ethnic enclaves, with no interest in assimilation. Some of these enclaves — particularly Muslim ones — contain members who are actively hostile to everything the West currently stands for.
To make things worse, Islam has now begun to attract unhinged, criminal or mentally ill converts who carry out acts of violence.
There has never been an honest discussion of the long-term effect of all this immigration, as both the Left (who see future voters) and Right (see above) are in favour of it.
The opposition is coming from upstart parties in Europe: the large papers, including so-called ‘conservative’ ones, continue to vilify these parties.
What should western politicians be most worried about: growth, inequality, the environment, education? To judge from today’s discourse, the answer seems to be none of the above. Instead, in the past month, both Barack Obama, US president, and David Cameron, UK prime minister, have made big speeches on immigration… [A]nti-immigration parties have made strong gains in a variety of other European nations, including Sweden and Italy, in the past year.
Immigration is now clearly at the very centre of political debate in the west…
…[T]he immigration numbers across the rich world are strikingly similar. Estimates by the OECD of the foreign-born population in its member states in 2011 was 11-13% for the US, the UK, Germany and France. Switzerland, with a foreign-born population of 27.3%, is a real outlier – which might account for the special vehemence of the debate there.
Canada remains an outlier, with our Conservative government refusing to even consider that mass immigration might be a long-term problem. Yet the alternatives — the Liberals and the NDP — would be even worse.