Yesterday the Daily Express revealed that, in an apparent contradiction of immigration policy, thousands of migrants â€“ like Kanoute Tieny from Mali â€“ are being given up to Â?5,500 in grants by the EU to return home to Africa.[Secret Plot To Let 50 Million African Workers Into EU, by Nick Fagge]I haven't found the implied Daily Express story from October 10th that might provide more details about those grants, but I did find a year-earlier article wherein asylum seekers turned down by Britain were being "bribed" to go home (i.e. being bribed to comply with their deportation orders!) with a cash bounty of up to Â?3,000. [Â?3,000 Bribes To Persuade Failed Asylum Seekers To Return Home, by Tom Whitehead, September 3, 2007] So we can say that the we'll-pay-you-to-go-away idea is in the air.
As the quote above makes clear, the Â?5,500 grants are at odds with the demographic engineering that's hankered after by the Eurocrats, which is the real focus of the current article:
Brussels economists claim Britain and other EU states will â€?needâ€? 56 million immigrant workers between them by 2050 to make up for the â€?demographic declineâ€? due to falling birth rates and rising death rates across Europe.This approach of bringing in armies of low-human-capital workers from the Third World to rescue modern economies is presumably equivalent to the storekeeper who loses a little on each item he sells but hopes to make it up on volume.
The report, by the EU statistical agency Eurostat, warns that vast numbers of migrants could be needed to meet the shortfall in two years if Europe is to have a hope of funding the pension and health needs of its growing elderly population.
Of course, that pertains to just the immigrant generation, itself. Thomas Sowell has memorably pointed out the social time bomb that's inherent in such a project:
There is the second-generation phenomenon. You have people who move in from some poor country — the Middle East, Mexico, whatever. Those people may be very glad to be in the United States or Britain or wherever they may be. But then they have children. And their children have never seen those other places; theyâ€™ve never lived that poorer life. All they know is that the population around them is a hell of a lot more prosperous than they are. And there are all sorts of ideologues and hustlers ready to tell them that itâ€™s societyâ€™s fault that they donâ€™t have what other people have. This then gives you the people who hate the country in which they live.Anyway, the promising Cash On Departure approach was suggested several years ago by VDARE's Steve Sailer (A Buyout Option For Europe's Muslims?, November 6, 2005; and The Sailer [Immigrant Buyout] Scheme: Wellâ€”Why Not?, November 27, 2005).
So progress may be on the march, at least in Europe! Now, if our Republicans would only catch on, systematically, to the other, better known "Sailer Strategy" ...