According to The UN Report on International Migration, 258 million people live in a country other than their country of birth. Since 2000, their number has increased by 49 percent.

The reason for migration

The stream of refugees has objective reasons: wars and other forms of violent conflict involving state or non-state actors produce refugees and other forced migrants. Armed conflicts and wars have been going on in Libya, Syria, and Iraq for many years. The situation is also turbulent in Palestine and Afghanistan. In many African countries, the situation also leaves much to be desired.

Most migrants move from poor countries, often located closer to the equator, to the so-called “Wealthy North”. In 2017, Asia and Europe were the regions of origin for the largest numbers of international migrants — 106 million and 61 million, respectively. Latin America and the Caribbean followed with 38 million and Africa with 36 million.

Globalization is coming

Migration processes primarily serve the interests of global capital, which is engaged in building a world government. Breaking away from their roots, people are more likely to perceive a new, global civilizational matrix.

Many critics emphasize that migrants and their misfortune are used by liberal lobbyists in order to remove the protective barriers of national states. Europe’s open borders facilitate free trade, but also assure freedom of travel to homegrown terrorists.

The refugee flow has caused, the political, social and economic crisis in the European community. The ruling elites refuse to acknowledge the failure of the current approach based on human rights, multiculturalism, and tolerance. Migrants are beginning to change the European identity, thus already provoking conflicts within Europe.

In addition, the demographic basis of the EU has changed. The problems of migration are unlikely to be solved in the near future, but can only exaggerate. Africans and Asians will continue to penetrate the European peninsula and create their ghettos and ethnic enclaves there. This, in turn, will affect the social and economic policies in European countries.

The reaction

Europeans are torn apart by the migration crisis. On the one hand, many people express their solidarity with poor people risking their lives in their effort to find an asylum in the EU. But, at the same time, many are concerned about the consequences.

Yes, refugees deserve all our solidarity if we want to remain human. Especially, since we did not do enough to oppose military interventions in their countries. But, is it a solution to let them seize our cities and wipe out our identity?

The current European leaders are not ready to take any serious decisions because they are too weak and dependent. Therefore, dissatisfaction with the political course towards migrants gave rise to a growing wave of populists and Eurosceptics. Populism became the main political trend of this year.

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