Magazine article The World and I

Introduction

Magazine article The World and I

Introduction

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White Europeans who have long been aghast at race relations in America have begun to experience enormous racial tensions of their own in recent years. This is due to a huge influx of immigrants from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Mideast, and South Asia who have disturbed European sensibilities with their alien customs, religions, speech, and appearance.

European white people, however, are of two distinct minds about the new immigrants. On the one hand, many native folk are resentful and fearful of those relatively recently arrived, but on the other, they are eager to take advantage of their low-cost labor. Most Western European countries have in recent decades become dogged by a very low fertility rate, and the only thing saving them economically is the influx of new blood from abroad. The immigrants not only perform work that many natives turn up their noses at, but pay billions in taxes to keep the states' expensive health, welfare, and pension programs alive.

The Netherlands is a case in point. It has a population of 16 million, including 1.6 million mostly swarthy immigrants, at least one million of whom are Muslims. The latter include about three hundred thousand Moroccans and another three hundred thousand Turks. In the last three decades, the Dutch population has risen about 25 percent (from thirteen million to sixteen million), but the immigrant population has increased 1,000 percent (from one hundred sixty thousand to 1.6 million).

In like manner today, there are some eighty-three million Germans, of whom roughly 7. …

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