Opinion – The migrant crisis is dividing Germany all over again – The Washington Post – John Gelmini


The above photo is at Calais, France. But the idea that Europe can or should take in vast numbers of Syrians, assorted Africans, Afghans, Pakistanis and others indefinitely is a nonsense at a time when we cannot provide enough jobs or opportunities for our own people. The migrant crisis affects the whole of Europe.

I thank Dr Alf for sharing the  Washington Post article on Germany but perhaps they look more closely at the immigration crisis within the US borders?

Obviously, the Western half of Germany is more prosperous than the East, so for the time being, the people there may be more relaxed and sanguine about the latest influx of 800,000 migrants, whereas people in Eastern Germany view the inward migration with justifiable alarm and trepidation.

The concept of taking in all comers and then dividing them up on a quota system, which can then be sold to gullible electorates as a “fair and proportionate” way to deal with the problem at a time when that electorate has not been consulted is grossly unfair and one which will eventually result in violence and civil commotion.

Amongst the migrants, there are undoubtedly terrorists but with migrants throwing away identity papers these dangerous people can slip through and once in the UK can buy fake NI numbers, new identities and live like a dormant plague here ready to wreak mayhem.

It is time to draw a line and send all of these people back, ideally to Libya, where by joint military force we should clear out an area of about half the country ridding it of troublemakers. A secure physical border, guarded by European troops and drones should then be established and all the migrants left there to settle with our assistance, help and advice.

My own parents came to the UK from Italy, after World War II, worked (my late mother was a housekeeper to a Cambridge dermatologist and a lecturer in history at Girton College) and went through the official system to be allowed to remain. I remember vividly attending the local police station in Great Shelford, with my late mother who had to report there as a “resident alien” until I was 7 years old. Prior to that, my mother and I lived in an institution, run by Roman Catholic nuns, not far from Paddington General Hospital where I was born. Mothers were pressured by the nuns to give up their babies to wealthy but infertile couples in exchange for money which they gave to the Catholic order in question. Those like my late mother who refused to give up their babies in this way were required to scrub floors in the basement, which in January during 1949 was at sub-zero temperatures. After that, my late mother found lodging for us in what is now Burwood Place at a block of flats owned by a Sicilian landlord, a Mr Paracino, who used to steal my late mother’s tips from residents whose flats she cleaned in exchange for free rent. It was after that she found a job as housekeeper with the good doctor and his wife, who at that time lived within 100 meters of the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

The EU and David Cameron, who is again on holiday, seem to have decided that if someone is determined enough to crawl under razor wire, brave riot police or run through the Channel Tunnel successfully, then they can stay in the EU country they end up in without further ado, and if they come to the UK they are probably given a council house and housing benefits as well.

Clearly the pendulum has swung too far in the wrong direction and things must change.

John Gelmini

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