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Antony Antoniou – Reform UK Northampton North
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
(PPC) 2024 General Election

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This is not a crisis it is just the beginning

 “The Unfolding Migrant Challenge in Europe: Balancing Humanity and Realism”

In recent times, the surge of migrants arriving on the shores of the small Italian island of Lampedusa, just off the Tunisian coast, has reached staggering numbers, with around 11,000 newcomers, outnumbering the island’s resident population by nearly two to one. This influx has taken a heavy toll on the local economy and tourism industry, pushing the island’s residents to the brink of abandoning their home.

This situation undeniably constitutes an invasion. Since Angela Merkel’s controversial decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders during the Syrian refugee crisis, Europe has grappled with an overwhelming influx of migrants who often lack the desire and means to integrate into their host societies. In Germany, in particular, the strain is palpable, as disillusioned key workers and professionals depart, while millions of less-educated migrants become reliant on state support, posing an economic challenge to the nation.

France has also responded by restricting freedom of movement, a formerly sacrosanct EU principle, by closing its border with Italy to prevent migrants from entering France en route to Great Britain. Consequently, Italy, and to a lesser extent Greece, are on the front lines of this African migrant influx, facing limited resources and support. Every successful arrival of a new group of migrants in mainland Europe via the perilous Mediterranean crossing only encourages countless others to follow suit, perpetuating the crisis. Many experts and policymakers argue that the only viable solution is to halt all migration into the EU and turn away illegal entrants.

However, despite the calls for open borders and humanitarianism, Europe is steadily shifting ideologically toward the right, reminiscent of pre-World War II days. Ironically, the very immigrants and their descendants who sought better lives in Europe may be the ones most vulnerable to this far-right resurgence, potentially embracing racism and xenophobia. The quiet and suppressed anger among ordinary Europeans, spanning the political spectrum, is a warning sign. Unchecked, this anger could manifest violently, leading to abrupt and irrational solutions.

Urgent action is needed to address this growing migrant challenge. Europe requires principled leaders who prioritize their nations and citizens over pandering to vocal minority groups. This includes celebrities, as well as upper-middle-class professionals and politicians who promote open immigration while residing in privileged and isolated settings. It’s time to confront these individuals as the real traitors among us.

Moreover, it’s essential to recognize that this migrant influx is not a transient crisis but the onset of an unprecedented wave. If left unchecked, this wave will escalate into an unmanageable flood that will overwhelm Europe’s capacity to respond humanely. Europe must make a difficult decision now or risk descending into civil unrest, extremism, and humanitarian disasters. The choice is narrowing.

At its core, this issue revolves around the sustainability of finite resources and Europe’s ability to absorb large numbers of migrants who lack language skills and professional qualifications. Europe’s generous social welfare programs, built since World War II, are admirable but reliant on high taxes and social trust, with limitations. Accepting too many migrants too quickly risks infrastructure decay, erosion of public trust, and the rise of far-right extremists in politics.

While activists argue that Europe has a moral obligation due to its colonial past or failures during the Syrian War, Europe cannot commit civilizational suicide through reckless idealism. It cannot single-handedly solve global problems. Instead, Europe can engage in foreign aid, fair trade, and diplomacy. Europe must strike a balance between humanitarian ideals and pragmatic realities, curbing uncontrolled illegal immigration for social stability. Tough border security and foreign policy decisions are necessary. Delaying action will only exacerbate the crisis. Europe must act soon, in the best interests of both migrants and citizens. The choice belongs to us all.

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