Magazine article Foreign Policy

The Futurist

Magazine article Foreign Policy

The Futurist

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POLITICOS ARE TRYING DESPERATELY to predict the ramifications of the largest refugee crisis since World War II. In late 2015, the European Commission projected that the influx of people into the European Union would actually expand its economy. Meanwhile, U.S. Republicans have warned of Paris-like terrorist attacks on American soil (even though refugees have not been implicated in the November events). These forecasts are in keeping with a long tradition of speculation that accompanies the opening of borders: From mass immigration to American shores in the early 1900s to the collapse of communism a quarter-century ago, politicians and analysts have employed historical shifts to envisage the future as dark, bright, and everything in between.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey warned in a 2014 letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an impending public-health crisis encroaching on America's southern border because of "illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as ... Ebola."

In 1949, Charles Habib Malik, Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations, argued that if Israel got U.N. membership without addressing the Palestinian refugee crisis, it would "give rise to serious political, social, economic, and spiritual disturbances in the Near East and in the whole world for generations to come. …

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