Immigration - The Great Catastrophe
There is a fifteen-paragraph article posted at Polemia on the catastrophic consequences for France of massive immigration. Due to its length, the article has to be divided into two separate posts. The author enumerates fourteen subdivisions of this unprecedented catastrophe. Here are the first seven:
- Identitarian catastrophe: Many Frenchmen of European origin feel like foreigners in their own country. In certain neighborhoods, they become an oppressed minority. Foreign customs - the Islamic veil, boubous, djellabas - are forced on them in public areas. Muslim food regulations are implanted in slaughterhouses and are forced on them in the food they eat. Urban landscapes are transformed by monumental mosques, the expression of a symbolic conquest of French territory. School curricula and their implementation are "adapted" to the demands of minorities from other lands. Republican principles (laïcité, merit, equal rights) are trampled on. France becomes multicultural, and as a result experiences multiple conflicts.
- Security catastrophe: Strictly from the factual point of view, it is undeniable that the great majority of drug traffickers are black or Arab. Violence to women, violence in the schools, violence that degenerates among fans at sports events, are concentrated in the immigrant neighborhoods and the bordering areas that are affected. More generally, the explosion of crime since the 1970's is in direct relation to the increase in immigration. In the prisons, something on the order of two thirds of persons incarcerated are not ethnic Frenchmen. More than half the prisoners are Muslims. Nearly eight hundred neighborhoods have become lawless zones where firemen and emergency medical services are exposed to rock-throwing and where doctors fear to venture.
Liberticidal catastrophe: Consequently, the rise in crime linked to immigration limits the freedom to come and go (in certain areas and on certain types of public transportation) of honest citizens. The fight against crime did not deal with the underlying causes, but provoked a plethora of anti-crime laws potentially dangerous for freedoms: increase in the number of punishable crimes, longer detentions in custody, growth of video surveillance cameras, development of private security. In order to impose, without a national debate and without consulting the French people, a policy of unreasonable immigration, successive governments have passed liberticidal laws: the Pleven law (1972), Gayssot (1990), Toubon (1994), Taubira (2002), that are successive attacks on freedom of expression, while at the same time constituting a veritable regression of civilization.
Note: The Gayssot law in particular makes holocaust denial punishable as a crime. The 2002 law passed by current Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira stated that the North Atlantic slave trade was genocide (she openly stated that she did not want Muslims burdened with the guilt of slavery; she concentrated her law, therefore, on the Atlantic slave trade).
Educational catastrophe: Pedagogical reforms and a uniform middle school have led to a deterioration in the acquisition of knowledge by pupils. This phenomenon is greatly amplified by the growing heterogeneity of classes due to immigration that stresses the differences between pupils: differences in cognitive abilities, mastery of the French language and acceptance of the content of school curricula (history, literature, biology). The placement of beginning teachers in immigrant ghettos is making recruitment difficult and often leads to discouragement on the part of those who have chosen teaching as a profession. These facts explain why, in international PISA tests, the performance of pupils educated in France has been declining more than in neighboring countries. It is Finland - the most ethnically homogenous European country, that obtains the best results internationally.
Note: PISA refers to Program for International Student Assessment.
Note: It is not very likely that veteran teachers would be willing to go into the ghettos. They know from experience what it is like. The ones who should teach in the ghettos are the politicians, EU bureaucrats, journalists, progressive pedagogues, and talking heads on the evening news.
Administrative catastrophe: Certain immigrants are apt to import fraudulent practices that are considered normal in their own country: false declarations, active corruption of functionaries, or threats. Police, prefects, driving permit services, social workers, but also teachers, are exposed to these types of behavior.
Public Health Catastrophe: Considering the budgetary limitations of health care and the fact that people are living longer, the French health system is on the brink of financial failure. Immigration adds more imbalances: a growing number of beneficiaries who do not pay into the system (CMU, supplementary CMU, State aid); "medical tourism" that offers access to hospital beds often in insufficient numbers; the rise in diseases rare in France (tuberculosis, AIDS) but common in those departments with a large African immigration population (Seine-Saint-Denis , Val-d'Oise , notably). Even the emergency services are disrupted by compulsive behavior, sometimes aggressive, by persons who do not comply with the requirements of the care provided. This increased demand for medical care was neither anticipated nor financed and hospitals are, therefore, impelled to recruit foreign doctors who are underpaid and often under-qualified.
Note: To the rare diseases listed above we can add sickle cell anemia, as discussed here.
CMU refers to Universal Medical Coverage.
"Medical tourism" refers to medical care for foreigners who cannot find adequate help in their own country, or who cannot pay for it.
The numbers 93 and 95 refer to the two departments mentioned; all departments have assigned numbers.
Unemployment catastrophe: Unemployment has passed the 10% threshold of the active population, 15% if one takes into account part time unemployment. It is a major cause of social unrest and of the budget deficit. Immigration is not the only cause but it aggravates the phenomenon. The unemployment rate among Africans and Maghrebins is double the French rate, according to INSEE. The unemployment rate among young Maghrebin and African people of the immigrant population is also double that of young European Frenchmen. The oft-repeated litany: "Foreigners do the work that the French don't want to do" is well-known. To be more accurate one would have to say: "… or rather that the foreigners already settled and the second-generation immigrants don't want to do either." The immigrants coming into France today are keeping the foreigners already here unemployed; and they are the parents of tomorrow's unemployed.
Note: INSEE refers to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Etudies.
Part Two of this article will appear as soon as possible.
Above, a photo of an outdoor market in the Barbès section of Paris. Below, Friday prayers clog the street.