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The European Immigration Crisis
Paralyzed by Good Intentions
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  • Andrew Allison

    Paralyzed by virtue signalling would be a better headline. A rational approach would be to return economic, i.e., sub-Saharan refugees, to their country of origin without recourse, and to return potential political refugees to Libya for processing. The EU appears unable to grasp that what it is in fact signalling is that its a haven for the economically disadvantaged.

    • Fat_Man

      Even better would be not putting the “refugees” on the dole.

      • Andrew Allison

        Wouldn’t that radicalize them even more?

    • Jim__L

      That wouldn’t be so bad, only they have *no frontier* to apply these economically disadvantaged refugees to.

      America could handle it because we had ** a whole new continent to settle **, and a market (urbanizing, industrializing Europe) to soak up the agricultural commodities the frontier produced.

      That is NOT happening in Europe these days.

      In other news, Luxembourg is trying to become the asteroid mining capital of Europe. This is about the only hope Europeans have, of opening up a new frontier to soak up all these economic refugees. Best of luck to ’em.

      • Tom

        Won’t work. No cheap means of mass transport into space.

        • Jim__L

          If Musk can get the cost of flight down to the cost of fuel plus ~10% like the airlines can, a one-way ticket to LEO would cost about the same as an American household’s energy budget for a year.

          Considering people used to trade seven years of their labor (in the form of an indenture) for the price of a ticket to America, I don’t think this is prohibitive.

          • Tom

            Your first paragraph is the sticking point.

          • Jim__L

            There is some margin (measured in orders of magnitude) between the value of seven years’ labor and an annual household energy budget, so Musk has some wiggle room there.

            I’m not saying that this is a solution today, but a concerted effort could make it happen this generation, or even in the next ten years.

    • Observe&Report

      Perhaps, but regarding asylum seekers (rather than economic migrants), the point still remains that there can be no solution to the refugee problem without a solution to the Syrian problem, the source of the refugees in the first place.

  • Angel Martin

    during the financial part of the EUro-crisis, the argument was made that Greece was an outlier in terms of the honesty and competence of its politicians and bureaucracy.

    What have seen with the migrant crisis is that Greece is an archetypical EU bureaucracy, and that the EU countries are the world’s wealthiest confederacy of failed states.

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