The following opinion piece provides some interesting “food for thought” in regards to current events impacting the Middle East and Europe, particularly the flood of refugees from North Africa. In the U.S., similar concerns have been voiced regarding refugee immigrants as we reported in Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west?.
Some view these concerns as being far fetched conspiracy theories promoting bigotry and are simply dismissed as Islamophobia. Others point to the social problems affecting some European nations that have experienced an influx of Muslim immigrant populations attracted by liberal social programs.
Islam lies in wait for Europe
From: Israel Hayom
By: Dr. Ephraim Herrera, May 21, 2015
The demographic trends are clear: Europe is committing suicide. The fertility rate to maintain a country’s population, known as the replacement rate, is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman. The average fertility rate in Europe is 1.6. In Germany and Italy, it is 1.4. To increase its population, Europe has let in immigrants, to the point that they comprise some 10 percent of the population in Spain, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. In Austria, their proportion is 15 percent.
A significant number of those immigrants are Muslim. They hail from the lower rungs of society in their countries of origin and decided to leave in search of a life of comfort in the West.
But the influx of millions of immigrants from Asia and Africa is more than just about their socio-economic plight. Islamic thinkers have tried to capitalize on this wave. Although these thinkers are still lying in wait, they hope they can eventually use the immigrants as a means of conquering Europe. This strategy has been propagated by Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi for the past 30 years. Qaradawi has tremendous clout in the Sunni Arab world, to the point that his rulings are considered authoritative by the Muslim Brotherhood. The strategy is terribly simple: Tap into the local Muslim community and lure its teens to the “real” Islam, then go up the rungs of power in the major parties and seize the reins of government through the democratic process.
Rest of Article: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12655
While the report makes no mention of refugee programs, the overall increase in Middle East/Muslim immigrants correlates with refugee resettlement numbers and time periods.
In “Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west? ” we highlighted the fact that since 2008 there has been a marked increase of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This week Matthew Boyle of Breitbart reports:
Approximately 2.5 million immigrants from “predominantly Muslim countries” reside inside the U.S. right now, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies found.
The four-page report, which details which countries and world regions from which immigrants in the U.S.—both legal and illegal—came to this country, found that since 2000 nearly a million more immigrants from such Muslim countries came to the U.S.
In 2000, there were 1,518,755 immigrants from Muslim countries in the U.S. In 2010, That number stood at 2,184,664, and in 2013 it stands at 2,480,407.
Between 2010 and 2013, there was actually a greater increase in the number of immigrants from the Middle East than from Central America. During that timeframe, 207,758 more immigrants moved to the U.S. from the Middle East, whereas only 113,744 immigrants came from Central America.
The Breibart report focuses on overall immigration. While the report makes no mention of refugee programs, the overall increase in Middle East/Muslim immigrants correlates with refugee resettlement numbers and time periods. As we noted in our earlier report: According to U.S.Department of State refugee statistics, in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This repeated in 2009-2013 and the 2014 allocations authorize the increased level. For 2015, 12,000-15,000 Syrians alone, are projected for admission.
COMMENT: The cited report link provided by Breibart appears to be missing some of the original content. (i.e. page 2 starts in the middle of a bullet paragraph that does not match the ending paragraph from page 1.) The complete report can be viewed HERE.
… in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This repeated in 2009-2013 …
Refugee Resettlement Watch recently reported on a letter written in a New Hampshire newspaper warning of a planned resettlement of Congolese refugees to Dover, ME. The letter referenced issues involving resettlement of Somali refugees to Lewiston, ME.
North of Portand, Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and has a population of roughly 36,500 people. Since 2001, Somali refugees have been settling in Lewiston (and the surrounding town of Auburn) with numbers estimated at over 4,000 living in the Lewiston-Auburn area. A small percentage originated as direct placements through Federal refugee programs. The rest are part of secondary migration from other areas in the United States, primarily from Atlanta, GA. The main attraction appears to be Maine’s generous welfare system.
Welfare fraud seems to be a common occurrence where Somali refugees are concentrated.
Some media reports would leave readers to believe that all is well. A 2009 Newsweek article claims that Somali immigrants actually saved Lewiston. This may not be the case. Federal officials have had to address the concerns of Lewiston officials, as well as other cities, over the social impact and financial drains posed by the refugees.
Somalis are but a portion of Muslim refugees resettling in the United States. According to U.S.Department of State refugee statistics, in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This repeated in 2009-2013 and the 2014 allocations authorize the increased level. For 2015, 12,000-15,000 Syrians alone, are projected for admission.
Europe has been facing serious cultural clashes involving Islamists and we’ve reported on a number of issues facing the U.K.. The United States is far from immune. With the increased threats posed by the ISIS/IS Caliphate. the logic in increasing Middle East refugee allotments seems almost self-destructive.
“Yes, it could be much worse. It could be another Oldham, Bradford, Luton, Tower Hamlets, etc. At least there isn’t the rampant radicalism as in those places. But it’s a process, and if there’s complacency then in a generation’s time it could be the same or even worse.” – Paul Wilkinson, How Nottingham Has Changed in the Last 15 Years
Nottingham Rejoices First Minaret Mosque
By: OnIslam & Newspapers, Wednesday, 02 April 2014
CAIRO – Joyful Muslim community in the central British city of Nottingham has been preparing for the inauguration of their city’s first mosque with a minaret next week, seeing it a symbol of Islam in the old city.
“I’m very proud and anxious that it opens,” mosque chairman Aurangzeb Khan, 79, of Carlton, told Nottingham Post on Wednesday, April 2.
“We’ve wanted it for the last four or five years and we’re really pleased with it.”
The new Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque in Sneinton Dale will host afternoon prayers for the first time from 2pm on Sunday, April 13.
The building, costing around £1.2m, was granted planning permission by Nottingham City Council in 2011.
The 47ft high (14 metre) glass fibre minaret was added that the end of February as one of the final pieces to be added to the Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque, in Sneinton.
The minaret can be used for Adhan, call to prayer, only after taking a planning permission
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: When I originally came across the above article, my first intention was to provide comments and links to how the influx of Muslim immigrants has changed the Nottingham UK landscape. Being a firm believer in not wasting time “reinventing the wheel” my online research brought me to writings penned by Paul Wilkinson on the blogging site, chersonandmolschky.com.
Wilkinson’s personal account covers the changes he’s seen over the last 15 years in his home city of Nottingham. It’s a reflection of what is occurring in many English communities as well as those in the U.S. and Canada. I strongly encourage you to read his perspective on the above mosque article as well.