Migrants stand onboard a fishing boat at the port of Paleochora, following a rescue operation off the island of Crete, Greece, November 22, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
Europe has been facing a migrant crisis for many years now, it only recently came to light because of the strain it’s putting on the European economy, and due to it there have been numerous clashes between the Local population and the migrants which have led to social unrest in some areas, also the influx of migrants illegally has an exponential effect on the crime rate of the area where migrants have settled illegally. The causes of this migrant crisis are many which include the Syrian Civil War, poverty in Africa, and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Impact of Migrant Crisis
The Migrant crisis has put Europe’s economy under strain, especially after the decision by Russia to ban natural gas supply to Europe over Ukraine, it has skyrocketed the cost of housing, food, healthcare, and education which are the basic needs for every human, also many local communities have argued that due to the influx of migrants in their communities has led to the increase in crime in their communities and they do not feel safe anymore, the majority of native residents of Europe which has seen an influx of illegal migration has argued that due to illegal immigrants who have no skills whatsoever to contribute to the economy are the reason behind the increase in crime and terrorist attacks which have risen significantly over the past few years, this allegation to some extent is true because combined with illegal immigration and economic recession it provides an conducive environment for crime and terrorism and illegal immigrants from Muslim majority countries are at the forefront of this crisis, in many terrorist attack in Europe majority of the perpetrators have been found to be Illegal immigrants and of Muslim faith who believe in the extremist ideology and denounce the existence of other religions. In this clash of ideologies between two Abrahamic religions, one believes in openness, multiculturalism and tolerance towards other religions and the other believes in intolerant views to the extreme. It has given rise to violent clashes which inadvertently gave rise to Islamophobia with good reason. The actions of Muslim communities to support their religion despite perpetrator committing acts of terrorism is entirely their fault, we can see the Muslim communities in Europe and the UK openly supporting Hamas, which is a designated terrorist group, in the past, some small factions of Muslims were in support of ISIS and served as recruiters for Islamic state and openly spread hate against other religion, such radical mindset is being encouraged by the majority of Muslims who are first generation migrants, which brings suspicions of their previous activities in their home country from where they have escaped.
To solve this complex migration problem Europe has to come out of the colonial mindset where it still continues to enforce its extractive policies on its colonies which drain the country of its resources giving rise to corruption, poverty, violence and due to this economic crisis which arises in Africa because of Europe paves the path for military dictators to attempt a coup and if successful assume the seat of the government which leads to even more oppression of the common working class.
Regional integration of these countries should be at the top priority of Europe and security training should be given to West and North African countries by Europe and its allies, moreover, Europe should strengthen its Migrant policy and be more willing to do what is right and not politically right, because many left-liberal parties use this migrants a vote banks to stay in power and ironically the migrants are the one who at one point of time when in majority in term of demographic trends would vote to elect out these leaders and place someone with the same radical extremist ideology thus destroying Europe’s social fabric