The Suicide of Europe
Europe is committing suicide. How did this happen? In this week’s video, Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, explains the two major causes of Europe’s impending downfall.
Despite public demand for stricter immigration policies, Europe has embraced mass migration, particularly from Muslim-majority countries.
- Mass migration into Europe has been going on steadily since the end of World War II but has spiked dramatically in recent years — and the result has been a European identity crisis.View Source
- Migration into Europe in 2015 increased four-fold over the year when more than a million migrants poured into Europe from the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia.View Source
- Sweden’s population increased by 2 percent in 2015 due to the influx of immigrants.View Source
- The German population grew by 2 million since 2015 due to the surge in migrants.View Source
- By 2017 the most popular boy’s name in the United Kingdom was Muhammad.View Source
European politicians claim to support democracy but refuse to listen to the opinion of their own citizens on immigration.
- According to a 2017 Project 28 study, 78 percent of Europeans said the external borders of Europe should be better protected; 81 percent said refugees should be helped in their own countries, not encouraged to immigrate to Europe; two-thirds said they supported temporary migration for those endangered by the Syrian civil war but wanted the migrants to be returned to their own country when the war ends.View Source
- In October 2015, the local citizens of the small German town of Kassel gathered to protest the unilateral decision by the government to house refugees in their town. Their district president said anyone who does not agree with the policy is “free to leave Germany.”View Source
- Related Reading: “How Europe Lost Its Way” – Douglas MurrayView Source
After years of failing to integrate immigrants, European leaders admitted in 2011 that Europe’s “multiculturalism” had failed.
- For a time, immigrants to Europe were allowed to remain without cultural integration, thanks to the commitment of European leaders to “multiculturalism.” In 2011, however, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany announced that European multiculturalism had failed.View Source
- Germany’s Angela Merkel, who has often led the pro-immigrant charge, admitted in 2015 that “multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’”View Source
- Though many Europeans believed that influxes of migrants would be temporary, many of those migrants are there to stay. As one British Immigration minister put it back in 1999, “Removal takes too long, and it’s emotional.”View Source
- WATCH: Douglas Murray discusses the myths of multiculturalism.View Source
Recent mass migration into Europe by groups from non-Western cultures has been followed by massive increases in crime and violence.
- In recent years, Europe has seen that crime and terrorism — including from both radical and reactionary groups — increase exponentially when mass immigration is allowed. Crimes committed by immigrants increased by 53 percent in 2016.View Source
- According to Gatestone Institute, Muslim migrants were responsible for 208,344 crimes in Germany in 2015, an 80 percent increase over 2014.View Source
- The U.K. has suffered multiple mass crime waves involving migrant groups, including the sexual abuse of some 1,400 young girls in Rotherham, which was covered up in part because some who learned about the abuse feared being thought “racist” for revealing it.View Source
- WATCH: Douglas Murray on the “the dishonesty about immigration.”View Source
Europe’s reckless immigration policies show that Europe has lost faith in itself—its beliefs, its traditions, and even its very legitimacy.
- European leaders have embraced immigration policies that allow for mass migration without cultural integration.View Source
- Vague principles of “multiculturalism” and “diversity” have largely replaced traditional European values in Europe.View Source
- In 2011, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany announced that European multiculturalism had failed.View Source
- WATCH: Douglas Murray on the flaws of Europe’s welfare immigration and cultural “enrichment” programs.View Source
European leaders’ “multicultural” immigration policies have resulted in the increased threat of radical Islam in Europe.
- In 2014, the British Ministry of Defense revealed that more than twice as many British Muslims had joined ISIS than registered in the British military.View Source
- In 2016, France was forced to shut down 20 of what the government described as “radical mosques” for espousing terrorist ideology.View Source
- Since 2001, Europe has experience a massive spike in the number of Islam-inspired terror attacks.View Source
- Related reading: “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” – PewForum.orgView Source
European leaders’ commitment to allowing mass immigration is driven in part by guilt over Europe’s past.
- “More than any other continent or culture in the world today, Europe is now deeply weighed down with guilt for its past,” writes Douglas Murray in an op-ed for National Review. “[T]here is also the problem in Europe of an existential tiredness and a feeling that perhaps for Europe the story has run out and a new story must be allowed to begin. Mass immigration…is one way in which this new story has been imagined…”View Source
- In allowing two million people into the country since 2015, Germany, the great aggressor of the 20th century, the architect of the Holocaust, proclaimed itself the humanitarian superpower of the 21st century.View Source
- Related reading: “The Strange Death of Europe” – Douglas MurrayView Source
Only people who have no idea how lucky they are could allow the destruction of Europe by mass immigration without integration.
- Europe is suffering from “a feeling that perhaps for Europe the story has run out and a new story must be allowed to begin.” Mass migration appears to be one of the ways this “new story” can start.View Source
- Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, immigrated to the Netherlands and assimilated into Western culture. She left the Netherlands because she believed in the principles of the Enlightenment and the value of protecting the western heritage more than the Dutch did.View Source
- In Germany, Hamed Abdel-Samad, a German citizen of Egyptian origin, has moved into hiding after his life was threatened because he dared to criticize radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood.View Source
- WATCH: Douglas Murray on “the superiority of Western values.”View Source
The civilization born of Judeo-Christian values, ancient Greek philosophy and the discoveries of the Enlightenment is staring at the abyss, brought there by its own hand. To put it starkly: Europe is committing suicide.
How did this happen?
It’s a complicated story, but there are two major causes.
The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe. This has been going on steadily since the end of World War II but sped up massively in the migration crisis of 2015, when more than a million migrants poured into Europe from the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia.
The second, and equally significant, is that Europe lost faith in itself—its beliefs, its traditions and even its very legitimacy.
Let’s take a closer look at both causes.
For decades, Europe encouraged people—mostly from the Middle East and North Africa—to come as temporary workers. Nobody expected them to stay. Yet they did. And nobody asked them to leave, even those who came illegally. As one British immigration minister put it in 1999, “Removal takes too long, and it’s emotional.”
And, of course, why would they leave? The economic opportunities were far greater in Europe than from where they came. And if the work dried up, there were generous welfare benefits to be had.
For a time, immigrants were allowed—even encouraged, thanks to the European commitment to “multiculturalism”—to pursue whatever culture they wanted. But that didn’t work out well. The leaders of Britain, France and Germany admitted as much in 2011, when David Cameron, Nicholas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel dramatically announced that multiculturalism had failed.
So, the immigrants were then asked to assimilate and embrace Western values. If that happened, European governments reasoned, all the financial costs, even the occasional acts of terrorism, could be overlooked.
But it never happened. And immigration just increased.
During 2015, Germany and Sweden added 2% to their populations in a single year. By 2017, the most popular boys name in United Kingdom was Muhammad.
So, why did European leaders decide Europe could take in anyone in the world, whether fleeing war or simply seeking a better life, no matter how different—or even opposed—their values were to European values?
The one-word answer to this question is guilt. Aren’t these refugees, the thinking goes, fleeing the consequences of European imperialism? Didn’t we mercilessly exploit these unfortunate people in their home countries? Aren’t we the cause of their misery?
Accepting them into Europe is meant to be a wiping-away of this guilt. This is especially true of Germany. In allowing one and a half million people into her country in 2015, Angela Merkel was, in effect, proclaiming to the world that Germany, the great aggressor of the twentieth century, the architect of the Holocaust, would be the humanitarian superpower of the twenty-first. A noble sentiment, perhaps, but who pays the price? The ordinary citizens of Europe, who have seen crime and terrorism increase exponentially. Their fears and frustrations have been largely ignored—or worse.
In October 2015, the German government designated that 800 newly arrived immigrants were to be housed in the German town of Kassel. Concerned residents had a meeting to ask questions of their representatives. As a video recording shows, the citizens were calm and polite. Then, at a certain point, their district president informs them that the refugees are coming regardless of their objections and anyone who does not agree with the policy is “free to leave Germany.”
This official attitude—if there is a problem, it’s not with the refugees, but with the citizens—reflects the sense of what I call “tiredness”—a feeling among the elite class that the European story has played out: that we have tried religion and all imaginable forms of politics, and that each has, one after another, led us to disaster. We taint every idea we touch, so who’s to say that the world wouldn’t be better off without us?
Of course, only people who have no idea how lucky they are could take this view. Ironically, no one knows this better than those refugees who truly did assimilate and who defend Western values. Extraordinary people, like Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who left the Netherlands because she believed in the principles of the Enlightenment more than the Dutch did. Or Hamed Abdel-Samad in Germany, whose life is threatened by fellow immigrants because he defends European values.
This is the stuff of suicide, the self-annihilation of a culture.
It is possible that ordinary Europeans will join their leaders in this pact. But recent opinion polls suggest that they have no intention of doing so. How they act on that intention will be the great story of the years ahead.
Are we about to witness the end of Europe, or its re-birth?
I’m Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, for Prager University.