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Stratfor Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni discusses the political implications of the increasing number of migrants from the European Union's periphery to its c...
This looks just like the arguments in the US about the immigration issue here. These seem to be be more of legal immigration, as well as illegal to some extent, as to illegal immigration in the US. The governments of some of the EU nations need this population in order to fill the workers shortage that has been fuled by low birth rates. In the US its a little deffernt form of immigration. Here many illegal immigrants are taking the much lower wage jobs and working in cash with no taxes, ie mirgrant farmers. Well we want cheap food, that is the way the farm owners are doing it. In Europe it seems that they are taking some jobs, but I assune since it is legal immigration they are paying some sort of tax on their wages. These immigrants are from other EU countries for the most part. Under the EU treaty it is legal for them to live and work in any member nation. This shows the problem with supranational organizations, a country will lose some of its autonomy in these types of organizations. For example, can the UK limit the number of people allowed into its country, or even limit access to their health care system under EU law? If they do, what can the EU do to the UK? Looks like a fight is about to start!
Like America, Western Europe is facing the troubles of immigration for jobs. COuntries in Europe, such as Eastern countries of Bulgaria and the P.I.G.S. are moving to core countries in search of work that the cannot find in their own land. The problem becomes a matter of the core country citizens not having jobs for themselves as their economy joins other in slowing down. Racial tensions are rising because of this. Ironically, the video generalizes the anti-immigration as just anti-immigrants but as images in the video would suggest, much of the sentiments are towards Muslim immigrants.
This video describes the increase in immigration into EU countries from other EU countries. The EU agreements on free movement are being challenged in countries that feel rightly or wrongly that the immigrants coming in are a drain on their economies during this difficult economic time. It is interesting to see how Europe deals with this immigration issue compared to how America deals with its immigration issues.
New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200!
Amazing to see many of the countries and empires that are no longer around. Also with the dissoution of many of the empires it lead's to many of the issues that were are dealiing with today. Splitting the Austro-Hugaraian Empire after WWI along ethnic lines didn't really work and helped to lead to WWII. The Germans in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia fro example. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sudetendeutsche_gebiete.svg
for the area of German population.
10 countries that have become nonexistent in the 20th century include Tibet, East Germany and Yugoslavia. These countries have died off because of ethic, religious and cultural falls that were quickly taken over by bigger and more powerful countries.