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January 08, 2004

It could be worse....

I guess I might be seen as acting a bit hysterical recently about the amnesty plan-but I lived in a compound until I was 4 and am not too excited about going back. But, in any case, some perspective-we don't have it as bad as much of Europe. Case in point, Denmark (my comments in red):


One of the key mistaken assumptions made by various Danish governments was that after a generation, the children of the newcomers would assimilate, marry Danish girls, and become jolly Danes themselves. In fact, rather than marrying locally, most Turks, 95 percent in Rockwool’s reckoning, still import a Turkish wife even in the third generation. In fact, many Turks feel an obligation to help cousins back in the ancestral village get out through arranged marriages....
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Because of the poor language abilities and work habits of many foreigners, employers are reluctant to hire them. As a result of unemployment, the father, the traditional seat of authority in Islamic families, often loses the respect of his children. The result has been a sharp increase in crime among second generation immigrants — to the extent that in the public mind, the word crime now brings to mind the image of a foreigner.
[Thank god that the United States tends to restrict immigration from Third World Muslim countries to skilled immigrants (more or less), otherwise I would have a hard time getting a date]
A rash of gang rapes over the past year has caused particular consternation. In one highly publicized case, seven Palestinian youths who were accused of gang-raping a teenage girl got off with extremely light sentences — three months — and were seen celebrating afterwards...
[In Denmark, where predominantly Muslim immigrants account for 68% of rapes, Islamic “community leaders” went out of their way to describe rape as “un-Islamic.”]
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Finally, there are the financial costs. Immigration and the failure of integration have been staggeringly expensive, a tremendous strain on the welfare state. A minority of 4 percent of the population — that is, non-Western immigrants — accounts for fully 34 percent of the Danish social budget....
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There have been some legislative efforts to address the problems. One new law seeks to bar immigrants under 25 years of age from bringing a foreign spouse into Denmark. This is done expressly to prevent arranged marriages: Older, more mature immigrants, it is believed, are less likely to give in to the dictates of family and custom....
[because of the EU common borders, many Muslims are moving to Sweden, importing their spouses from the mother country, and after a few years planning to move back to Denmark]

You give asylum to semi-literate rustics from Muslim countries and expect them to become good Danes in one generation!. Big surprise that they soon become alienated from a society they can't succeed in, a society that assumes they just aren't up to snuff because of past experience, and take refuge in pre-modern religious and cultural traditions. Groups like the Arab European League are a synthesis of Western narcissism and Eastern piety-the reactionary medieval traditions of their volk are a salve to their bruised egos.

Read the full article.

Posted by razib at 04:41 PM