The Muslim refugee crisis is in an early stage and has already taken a large toll on Europe.
Crimes committed by migrants totaled over 200,000 last year, more than double the prior year. The most common crimes were theft and forging paperwork for benefits. The cost of refugee resettlement has already drained the German government’s budget surplus for the year.
America has remained relatively conservative on taking in refugees. Obama plans to resettle 10,000 refugees this year, and 45,000 next, which is much smaller on a per-capita basis than what Germany, Sweden, or the UK is taking in.
But don’t get too excited yet. While liberals can complain that we’re not taking in enough Muslim refugees, we certainly are welcoming in a plethora of Muslims.The Daily Caller The United States issues twice as many green cards to migrants from Muslim-majority countries than from Europe, adding to a Middle Eastern migrant population in the country that is one of the fastest growing demographics.
From 2009 to 2013, the U.S. issued 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim countries, more than twice the approximately 270,000 green cards issued to migrants from European countries. Green cards entitle migrants to legal permanent residency in the country and work authorization, federal benefits, and the chance to apply for citizenship.
Mexican immigrants still make up the largest portion of the immigrant pie, but the Middle East immigrant population in the U.S. is growing at a faster rate, reported the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) in September based on an analysis of recent Census data. Immigration from Saudi Arabia is up 93 percent, from Bangladesh up 37 percent and from Iraq up 36 percent, reported CIS. On the other hand, immigration from countries like China, which is one of the top senders numerically, grew by 16 percent.
If current trends persist, Islam will be the second largest religion in the US by 2040.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]