When I first read this news story all I could do was sputter incoherently and alarm my family.
The European Union, as an official and publicly-proclaimed policy, wants to import more Muslim immigrants.
EU told to accept 20m migrant workers
Europe must relax its immigration controls and open the door to an extra 20m workers during the next two decades, the European Union’s justice chief will say on Friday.
Franco Frattini, justice commissioner, is to tell the bloc’s immigration ministers in Lisbon that the EU should stop erecting barriers and instead build safe pathways for Africans and Asians who risk their lives heading to the continent to find a job.
“We have to look at immigration not as a threat but — when well-managed, and that is our new task — as an enrichment and as an inescapable phenomenon of today’s world,” he will say.
And if this serves to exacerbates the existing problems associated with immigrants in Europe, what do the mandarins of the EU propose to do? Why, they won’t call them “immigrants” anymore!
That’ll solve the problem.
“Europe has to compete against Australia, Canada, the USA and the rising powers in Asia.” He will suggest the word immigration and its “dark side” should be dropped in favour of “mobility”.
We’re not just talking navvies and taxi drivers — the EU needs people with skills:
“All skill levels are required. The challenge is to attract the workers needed to fill specific gaps,” he will say. That runs counter to attempts by countries such as Britain to restrict access to prized skilled workers.
Germany, Italy and Hungary, with their ageing populations, are most in need of immigrants, he will say.
OK, so they need doctors, nurses, engineers, chemists, and so on. Where are they going to look for them?
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The Commission is about to establish a €10m information centre for Mali. Locals will be able to apply for jobs in Spain and France through a deal signed between the countries. It will be the first of several such centres in Africa.
Mali! How many immigrants with modern technical and professional skills can be found in Mali?
And here’s the understatement of the year:
Mr Frattini is aware of the sensitivities of national governments, who will have to back his reforms.
So what do the mavens of Multiculturalism see in Europe’s future?
The reforms could lead to a more than doubling of the EU’s foreign-born population by 2030. So he will also stress the importance of finding jobs for indigenous workers and cracking down on illegal immigration.
This is prima facie evidence of insanity on the part of the leaders of the EU.
And that last line is laughable — the distinction between legal and illegal immigration in Europe is about to become irrelevant.
Hat tip: Steen.