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Europe's Immigration Crisis
Another EU Problem Where the Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

The number of migrants reaching European shores has shot up sharply in the first half of the year, according to new figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The U.N. agency said 137,000 migrants have reached Greece, Malta, Italy and Spain since January, an 83% increase compared with the same period last year.

“Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions,” the U.N. said.

From January to June, 68,000 migrants entered Greece from Turkey, while 67,500 landed on Italy’s southern shores after crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

As Athens’ finances and its relations with its EU partners are a mess, Greece overtaking Italy (by a hair) as the main entry point for migrants does not bode well for it or Europe. But more broadly, these numbers illustrate a crisis that has grown beyond quick fixes, at least as currently on the table.

Just a week ago, we wrote about the high-profile, highly contentious summit of European leaders that just barely managed to pass a one-off resettlement plan for 60,000 people—after fighting until 3 a.m. At the time, we noted that, “while substantial as an absolute number, [60,000] is small as a percentage the overall number of asylum-seekers now on Europe’s shores.”

With summer coming, these raw intake numbers will increase—perhaps rapidly. And there are still backlogs to deal with. This is, unfortunately, another major European crisis where the numbers just don’t add up.

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  • Pete

    All of black Africa is a potential asylum seekers to Europe. The solution: Discourage any and all illegal from attempting the trip and deport those that make it ASAP. This ain’t rocket science.

    send themm back

  • CapitalHawk

    Everyone is aware that Germany et al. have decided to turn the screws to Greece and are refusing to give them any more money. The Greeks seem to be at a loss as to how to proceed, but the solution is staring them in the face (and entering their country every day) – they just need to hop on a boat, pretend like they are coming from Africa and go land on the French Riviera. They will then magically be entitled to all the welfare benefits they need.

  • FriendlyGoat

    We must simply be glad we are further separated from chaotic places by bigger oceans. Europe probably has a permanent problem with this, and I suspect it will find that the more it hangs together the better it will fare.

    • fastrackn1

      “We must simply be glad we are further separated from chaotic places by bigger oceans.”

      Actually Europe is further separated…we are physically attached to everything south of our border…same mess and same mentality, just different people….

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