Back in September, a story broke that many refugees who were destined for Denmark were demanding to be sent elsewhere. As for their reasoning, they felt the nation didn’t provide high enough “salaries” (welfare benefits) as did other nations, such as Sweden and Finland.Which brings us to the question of how common this practice is among refugees. You’d think money would be the last thing on the minds of people supposedly fleeing for their lives.
As Breitbart reports, it’s more than you’d think. More than half of all refugees are “economic” refugees – not fleeing for their lives, but immigrating for benefits.The comments about the reality of economic migrants were made by Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s First Vice-President, in an interview with the Dutch Broadcast Foundation (NOS).
He said that far from fleeing warzones, migrants to Europe are mostly North Africans leaving their homeland for economic reasons, adding:
“More than half of the people now coming to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status. More than half, 60 per cent.”Basing his claim on the on the latest, as yet unpublished, data from Frontex — the European security agency which manages cooperation between national border guards securing the bloc’s external borders — Commissioner Timmermans said they are mainly economic migrants from countries such as Morocco and Tunisia, attempting to reach Europe via Turkey.
The reason for Commissioner Timmermans’ intervention was not to make a case against mass migration in general, but to strengthen the case for genuine asylum seekers. He told NOS that economic migrants should be returned to their home countries in North Africa “as soon as possible” in order to ensure that support for refugees who are actually fleeing war is not damaged.
The alternative, he says, is that the European Union “must go back to the introduction of internal border controls”, an act which would have huge economic implications for the transport sector facing delays of hours and even days dealing with reintroduced border controls.How can it be a surprise to anyone that if you offer free stuff to “refugees” people will go through hell and high water to sign up. And of course, the same thing will happen here.
It’s estimated that Obama’s plan to bring in 85,000-100,000 refugees into the US would cost over $55 billion, as they would be able to receive housing assistance, welfare, and food stamps. Only $1.2 billion of that cost includes the cost of resettling refugees – as over 90 percent of recent Middle East refugees use public assistance.
When we have a government that can’t afford the welfare programs it provides for its own citizens, it certainly can’t afford to extend them to others.[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]