Peter Sutherland, the UN’s migration chief (formally the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration) must be insane.
Speaking on a panel about immigration in Berlin, he stated that economic migrants (not just refugees) should be encouraged to migrate to Europe, and that the EU should stop targeting “highly skilled” migrants and end restrictions on low-skilled migrants.
Mr. Sutherland said that refusal to accept everyone who wants to live in Europe is an affront to the European values of equality of man. Economic migrants, he claimed, are “survival fighters” and the future of Europe.
He also argued that European leaders must tackle populism, which he said runs counter to European Union (EU) values. The UN migration chief said the EU must find a solution to the “problem” of “xenophobic populism”, calling opposition to open borders counter to “the values of the EU – the dignity of man and the equality of man”.
Mr Sutherland does not explain why he believes that mass migration of unskilled migrants from poor countries will benefit Europe’s economies. Across the continent such immigrants have more than double the unemployment rates of Europeans.
This is borne out by a variety of datasets from different European countries. For example, 65% of non-European migrants who arrived in the Netherlands during the 1990s are still living on welfare. Public Policy Research noted that the employment rate of people with Somali backgrounds in the UK has rarely been above 20%.
Even more concerning:
In 2012, Mr. Sutherland stated that the European countries must become multicultural, “however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states”. Calling migration a “crucial dynamic for economic growth”, he said the EU should undermine the homogeneity of its member states.
He pointed to North America, Australia, and New Zealand, countries where people of European descent will soon be a minority, as “successful” examples of this, ie successful examples of countries where Europeans have been diluted to a minority.
What is concerning is that people like Mr Sutherland are not voted into their roles by the populace, but they motivate and advise our governments with flawed views. Some may say their views are focused on economic growth above culture – but their views on immigration are not proven to support economic growth, either. Read more…