Carthaginians at the gate

Within moments of finishing up yesterday’s introduction to my France24 blog, about Italians being uncomfortable with Chinese economic migrants, I read the story on France 24′s front page about… France being uncomfortable with Tunisian economic migrants. Which is unfortunate because I had a really nice follow-up post planned about Chinese prostitutes in the Congo opening up an import-export business (no joke) which will now have to wait.


The gist of the argument is that by inviting 20,000 Tunisian migrants into Italy, Italy is setting immigration policy for France. Having been given access to the Schengen area, the Tunisians are free to move anywhere, and France, with its large Tunisian population, and comparatively larger economy, is the most likely destination.


The conversation has been less about "reforming" the Schengen area though than setting up unspecified temporary measures in the case of a large influx of immigrants. European Commission Spokesman Olivier Bailly said reinstating border patrols between European Union states that are part of the treaty would be a "last resort"... Though frankly I have no clue what that means.


I personally find the whole thing a little baffling. The European Union has managed to handle economic migration from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania, Greece, and Cyprus… and for that matter, Southern Italy… why does it somehow break down when 20,000 Tunisians arrive on the continent? 


The biggest difficulty with this move, is that if France really cared about economic stability in Northern Africa it'd open their borders to economic migrants. There is plenty of demand for unskilled labor, remittances back to Tunisia would go a long way towards stabilizing the country’s small business sector and alleviating the most desperate poverty, and it provides jobs for those who just recently took to the street to protest lack of jobs. After the French government’s early defense of the former Tunisian president it seems like this would be a good way to show that Europe is on the side of the people of North Africa, rather than simply trying to keep the Carthaginians on their side of the Mediterranean.

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France or Italy is not responsible for what happens in Tunisia, period. As the regime was toppled by these illegal immigrants, or so they tell us, the danger has been removed so why now are they trawling the Med looking for a place to hang their hat, and why are they all young men? Should these 'patriots' not now stay in their own country\culture and build a country for themselves, or is patriotism only for the brave who in fact stay to forge a nation so these doubtful starters can return upon retirement? As a European, I have had it with the grotesque numbers of North Africans swelling the cities of this continent with their never ending problems as they drag their customs and culture with them, their religious insanity , multiple wives, welfare, more state housing demands, separate schools and the endless whining and complaining. Here's a novel idea: Ship them off to one of their more 'successful' brother countries. Surely amongst the huge number of Arab\Muslim nations throughout the world there is at least one success story amongst their many failed states who could absorb these illegal migrants?
What an absurd suggestion. Eastern Europe is still part of Europe, it's so much easier for these people to integrate into their respective new countries, comprehend our culture and live by the rules and not cause unnecessary havoc than these people from some foreign culture who do not wish to share our values. Give them a hand and their take your arm. When they become unemployed who is gonna take care of them? And their families? The state? Yeah right, I though so.

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