Steyn: Culture Trumps Economics

…If you’re a Swede who likes living in Sweden what would you rather forego? The 0.0035 of spectacular gangbusters economic growth? Or the mosques and the honor killings and the no-go areas and the cross-cultural rape epidemic?

More than half of the nation’s immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that’s far higher than the native-born population’s, according to a report to be released Wednesday.

About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.

Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.

Those figures suggest that, in the age of welfare, America’s mass immigration is little different from the Old World’s. Europeans are told they need immigrants to help prop up their otherwise unsustainable social programs: In reality, Turkish immigrants have three times the rate of welfare dependency as ethnic Germans, and their average retirement age is 50.

  • David

    We can’t have facts clouding suicidal tendencies.

  • The big picture of leftist immigration policies is beyond foolish. It borders on suicidal.

    What kind of fool cannot see the result of this flawed experiment?

    What is the goal?

    Do these leftists think by lowering the standards of living for indigenous Swedes that somehow they become more morally superior?

    Anyone who can do basic accounting can see this suicidal immigration policy is doomed to financial failure. And worse yet it will make survival of Sweden as state nearly impossible.

    You can thank the leftists. They are turning Sweden the country into the former Swedish area of Scandinavia.

    • This has been a long time coming. For years, Sweden has boasted about its “socialist paradise”. There is nothing to boast of now. It is imploding under the weight of bigger freeloaders.

      Sit back and watch it happen. Sweden is a precautionary tale.

  • ontario john

    Good news for Ontario thought. According to the news, the Wynne government is demanding that Ottawa send five thousand muslim refugees to Ontario. Because what the province needs, is more muslims. I’m glad we have Wynne to make decisions for us poor peasants. They should get along with the united churches here in the province. The new edition of the United Church Observer website, has a story on the evil Christian Zionists and Jews who are persecuting poor muslims in Palestine. And don’t forget that the Jewish Defense League is a terrorist organization. But then what do you expect from a united church website that also has a story on their atheist minister and a list of famous people who are atheists. None of that silly believing in Jesus Christ stuff in the united church.

  • Icebow

    Just jizya.