Who Are the Real Colonialists?

colonize |ˈkäləˌnīz| verb [ with obj. ]

  • (of a country or its citizens) send a group of settlers to (a place) and establish political control over it: the Greeks colonized Sicily and southern Italy.
  • come to settle among and establish political control over (the indigenous people of an area): a white family that tries to colonize a Caribbean island.
  • appropriate (a place or domain) for one’s own use.
  • Ecology (of a plant or animal) establish itself in an area: mussels can colonize even the most inhospitable rock surfaces | [ no obj. ] : insect borers colonize in rotted shoreline deadfalls.

Is there any reason why the huge numbers of (especially) Muslim “refugees” that entered Europe in the past few years could not be considered “settler colonists” rather than mere immigrants?