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The European Immigration Crisis
EU Keeps Borders Closed

Internal border controls aren’t going anywhere, an EU commission decided on Tuesday. Politico EU:

“Over the past months we have taken important steps to address deficiencies at our external borders,” said European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, citing the recent launch of an EU border and coast guard. “But we are unfortunately not there yet.”

A significant number of “irregular” migrants remain in Greece, as well as in other countries which have been most affected by movements of migrants across the EU, the Commission said. It added that lifting the temporary border controls could lead to an increase of such movements.

Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway will be allowed to maintain their own borders. Back in January, officials in Berlin said Germany was going to keep border controls in place for up to two years. As we wrote at the time, there is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Just one year ago, Europe was cheering Chancellor Merkel’s decision to accept 1 million refugees in 2015; the suspension of Schengen is a consequence of that policy. Europe was struggling to manage the flow of Eastern European workers to Western Europe before millions of Syrians and North Africans started filling boats to Greece and Italy. Now, borders are closed and the most that even idealistic functionaries in Brussels can say amount to platitudinal reassurances like “we have taken important steps.”

The reality, however much some EU leaders insist otherwise, is that things in Europe are not going back to the way they were any time in the foreseeable future.

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  • Jim__L

    “Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway will be allowed to maintain their own borders.”

    Ha! “Allowed”! Like the EU could do anything about it if they decreed it wouldn’t be “allowed”!

  • Observe&Report

    The E.U.S.S. Titanic won’t be staying afloat for much longer. Britain’s decision to call shotgun on the first lifeboat is looking smarter and smarter with each passing week.

    • JR

      what is the point of belonging to a supra-national organisation if it is unable and/or unwilling to repel invading Muslim hordes?

      • Beauceron

        Well, they don’t consider them to be invading hordes, do they?
        They don’t consider them to be anything, it seems. The elite focus more about what it says about them than about the immigrants or what they’ll do to the country.

        • JR

          What some grandee considers is becoming irrelevant. We will soon be seeing low level skirmishes between Islamists and nativists. Alas, history didn’t’t end. Islam is trying to invade Europe yet again. Let’s hope our time is able to produce its Charles Martel.

  • Beauceron

    They lie.
    Migrants are still pouring in by the hundreds of thousands. There have been 300,000 just arriving by sea this year. Germany has admitted that they’ll be taking in at least another 500,000 this year.
    Of course, as an American, I can’t really chide them about that. 300,000 is literally just a fraction of the numbers we get into the US each year.
    Heck, our illegal population is around 11 to 20 million depending on who you believe. Even using the smaller number, our population of illegal immigrants is larger than the entire population of Belgium or Greece. We are far more insane than they are.
    It’s the price we have paid for the honor of having a permanent Democratic majority.
    The thing is, I’d always thought I’d flee to Europe once the tipping point in the US hit. Now I have to decide– better a Latin American country like the US, or a country heavily influenced by Islamic culture like Europe?

    • Jacksonian_Libertarian

      Chile is the best of the South American Countries, and it’s all because of their Capitalizing Social Security System with its Individual Retirement accounts that transfer to heirs upon death, instead of America’s enormous Ponzi Scheme of a System.

    • JR

      Given the choice I’ll stick with Latin American country. Less chances of getting your head cut off. We are turning into Brazil Norte. Plan accordingly.

      • f1b0nacc1

        More Argentina than Brazil….

  • Proud Skeptic

    Sorry…the world is still full of “us and them”. There is a reason for this. We can, and should, take all reasonable steps to get along with “them”. But prudence dictates that we should exercise caution in the extent to which we try to merge our respective cultures. The old concepts, which the intellectuals and bien pensants say we should move beyond, exist for a reason…they reflect reality and they work.

  • FriendlyGoat

    We can’t and don’t rely on individual states to control borders and immigration in the USA. Europe should not either. The more united Europe is in every possible respect, the better off everyone will be. Yes, it’s messy.

    • Jim__L

      Didn’t the Federal government prosecute New Mexico for enforcing Federal immigration laws?

      Individual states would do a better job than the Fed here, which is apparently not to be tolerated.

      • LarryD

        The “Immigration Reformers” should draw a lesson from what is happening in Europe. Keep pushing for “open borders” in all but name, and the borders of the US will close to immigrants, also. Federal Government be dammed. The Feds have already lost legitimacy, the consequences of that will be dire. For the Feds.

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