World’s Refugees Nearing Record 60 Million In 2015
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a study which shows that the number of forcibly displaced individuals will eclipse 60 million this year, the most since 1992. That figure includes an estimated 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, many of them from Syria and Afghanistan.
“Forced displacement is now profoundly affecting our times. It touches the lives of millions of our fellow human beings – both those forced to flee and those who provide them with shelter and protection,” High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said.
He added that there has never been “a greater need for tolerance, compassion and solidarity with people who have lost everything.”
Germany’s Merkel Does Not Mourn Multiculturalism’s Death
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently commented that multiculturalism is a sham and “leads to parallel societies and multiculturalism thus remains a living lie” when announcing her decision to reduce the number of refugees Germany would accept.
It is not a new opinion held by Merkel, who believes it symbolizes “the emergence of isolated societies within Germany” and a failure to properly assimilate to German society, reports The Washington Post.
“Although Merkel understands that multiculturalism has failed, she doesn’t address the alternatives. Citizenship is a legal status. It is not the same as being a full member of the nation in Europe. For that, you need to share not only legal principles but heritage and culture. It is a halfway house to full community, and leaves the migrant outside the bonds of community with only a formal and legal sense of belonging,” writes George Friedman in Geopoliticalfutures.
Is There Trouble Looming On The Other Border
In discussions about national security and immigration reform the focus is almost always on the southern border. But what about the US-Canadian border? Does it pose an equal risk to US homeland security? Is Canada’s growing problem with radical Islam a threat to the US?
” Thanks to large-scale immigration, a permissive environment that emphasizes multiculturalism over assimilation, and overwhelmed security agencies, Canada now possesses a domestic radicalism threat that Americans need to be talking about,” cautions John Schindler in The New York Observer.