Saturday, October 17, 2015
This Atlantic article makes strong case that, while migrants are often welcomed as refugees fleeing oppression, the fact is that most are prompted to migrate for economic reasons:
Across the European Union, 57 percent of residents express negative attitudes about immigration from outside the EU. Naturally, elected politicians take the popular view and promise sharp reductions in immigration. And yet, the reductions never come, because the EU has encoded refugee rights into laws and treaties that cannot easily be changed. As a result, migrants have enormous incentives to present themselves as refugees. In turn, those European elites who favor higher levels of migration pretend to believe them. Altogether, the realities of trans-Mediterranean immigration are thus tightly swaddled in lies.
This more recent article says the same thing.