“We want right to enter UK legally”
So says the crude handmade banner held up by a group of hoodied MENA* young men standing in a street in Calais, France.
Of course they do. One is tempted to remark that “I want right to enter USA legally”, but I’m not going to get it. Oddly, I understand and accept that the USA can’t just let in everybody who wants to migrate to the country.
What do these young MENA men have to offer the UK? It is an obvious question that rarely seems to be asked in our era, perhaps because it is now deemed irrelevant. What happened to make this so?
It seems pretty fundamental to me that a state admits immigrants based on that state’s needs.
If these MENA men were admitted would they become hard-working, law-abiding taxpayers and civil citizen contributors who would add to the social capital of the nation?
Or would they just enlarge the largely hostile, pervasively unskilled and resolutely unassimilable horde of parasitic cultural invaders?…
And read Julius O’Malley’s follow-up: Italy Has a Problem
*MENA: Middle Eastern / North African