Migrant Crisis Could Impact The Future Of Europe

Last week brought another tragic story of a failed attempt by African migrants to reach the shores of Europe and brings the death toll this year to almost 2,000.

To date, the European Union has been unable to marshal any measurable response to the crisis or adequately deal with the criminal activities of those engaged in human trafficking and other human rights violations.

But one thing is clear, the crisis could dramatically impact the face of Europe.
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Denis Hammond warned that the increasing flow of migrants from Africa has the potential to change the living standards and social infrastructure of Europe.

“We have got to be able to resolve this problem ultimately by being able to return those who are not entitled to claim asylum back to their countries of origin,” Hammond told BBC TV.

“That is not a sustainable situation because Europe can’t protect itself and preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure, if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa,” he added.

New York Times columnist Russ Douthat echoed Hammond’s contention that the Europe of tomorrow will be different than the Europe of today – and that Europe is not equipped to handle the influx of migrants.

“But something significant is going to happen. In some form, a Eurafrican future is on its way. And judging by the stumbling response to a few thousand migrants at Calais, Europe is deeply unprepared,” writes Douthat.

Regardless of whether there is political or economic stability in Africa, Noah Millman makes the case in a Politico article that the exodus of Africans will continue as a result of demographic changes and an increase in urbanization.

“Whether Africa prospers or stagnates, however, it seems likely that migration out of Africa will increase, changing the complexion of Europe in particular. Historically, migration out of Africa has been relatively small, with only 440,000 people leaving per year from 2000 to 2005, a rate equivalent to roughly 2 percent of population growth. If this rate of out-migration continues over the next 35 years, then an additional 26 million Africans will leave the continent—mostly for Europe, based on past migration patterns,” he contends.


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