What is a society’s reaction to a wave of immigrants/refugees? We have wondered for a while about the risk to social order from uncontrolled immigration (via asylum, refugees, or any illegal entry). In the U.S. it was a major factor in electing Trump. And the economic stress on the working class from increased competition for unskilled and lower skilled jobs has been well documented. There is clearly fear and resentment. We hear exaggerations of crime and rapes related to immigrants, which in fact have no higher crime rates than citizens. However, there are real stories in France, Belgium, and Germany of immigrant crimes and terrorism abetted by immigrant settlements. But the underlying fears are really economic and cultural. With the U.S. family immigration priority, we are less of a melting pot and more of a “Salad Bowl” with chunks of un-mingled ethnicity tossed together.
The U.S. reaction to mass illegal immigration has led to detention camps, separation of children from parents, and fear and loathing. And it’s not just the U.S. This article makes it clear – with the ghettos being created in Denmark – that we are headed to a dangerous place. Many European governments have seen a shift to the Right, even the Far Right, in reaction to their open borders. So where does this leave us?
There are many people in the world who need help. Who for some reason have been unable to help themselves and fix their own countries. Who are so desperate they risk death in the journey to escape. The impulse to help another is among our best instincts. But it appears that we are reaching a “tipping point” in what Western societies can accept. And the other side of that tipping point is looking a lot like Fascism.
We’re going to stop short of recommendations here, for now. But please consider that when helping others destroys the essential fabric of your society, making things worse for all, that there is a limit.