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Immigration is not the answer to boat tragedy

Published 27/04/2015

There has been much hysteria over the boat tragedies in the Mediterranean, with some calling for large-scale immigration from Africa and the Middle East.

This knee-jerk humanitarian impulse ignores the long-term consequences for Europe.

The chaos in the Middle East is deep-rooted and unlikely to be resolved in our lifetimes.

It is absurd to suggest that Europe should take millions of migrants from there. Europe has enough problems.

Mass migration would be catastrophic for society. People carry their values with them, and the fact is that many of those intending to come to Europe may not share the values of the West.

It is not Europe's responsibility to take into its bosom the victims of tyranny, incompetence, corruption and religious mania, which has been the curse of Africa and the Arab world since they won their independence.

DR FRANK GILES

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