Vanya Posted June 23, 2016 Report Share Posted June 23, 2016 (edited) 2 hours ago, Advantage said: Here's a good visual aid to help decide your vote: Why is Tony Blair still a free man? Hold that thought, I'll come back to this sack of s**t later. There's a lot of worry about immigration. I'm curious though, are UK residents concerned about immigration in general or a mass influx of refugees? As a resident of Sweden, I've witnessed the sheer idiocy of this country's immigration policy over the course of 15 years. In Sweden, they've managed to merge the meanings of "immigrant" and "refugee" such that they're assumed to be the same thing. They're interchangeable. If you're an immigrant, especially of a darker complexion, it's simply assumed you arrived here as a result of some conflict. And with it follow a string of other prejudices as a result of WHY the country has pursued such politics; This country has 10 million people living in it. Last year the government decided to take in roughly 190 000 people, mostly refugees from Syria and...Afghanistan, but also Libya and Iraq. The highest number per capita of any EU country second highest in absolute numbers after Germany. This year I believe the prognosis is another 120 000. The idiots decided to coin the term "Humanitarian Superpower1)" (White Man's Burden is a bit risqué so they opted out of that one) and go on a refugee-hoarding spree in order to make Sweden the world's biggest charity. Long story short, there was an acute housing shortage before all this due to the worlds most bureaucratic planning regulations and it hasn't improved; it won't improve either. The Migration Agency had people sleeping on it's office floors for a period last winter while they cleared out derelict buildings and other shacks unfit for dwellings to meet the influx. In this case, Swedish politicians (both sides of the spectrum bar one single party) supported this, citing the Dublin Regulation as the reason for this masochistic pursuit. It is a regulation that carries with it NO PENALTIES should it be ignored, like many countries did last year. So I can't say the EU is at fault in Sweden's case. Anyhow, I see immigration taking a lot of flak when it comes to debating the EU, but given the source of refugees over the last 15 years, I'd be hard pressed to blame it on the EU at all. Politicians keep on pulling the wool over the electorate's eyes, regardless of country, party or political orientation - instead of pointing the finger at the EU, wouldn't it be wiser for the plebiate (us) to direct our anger at the true sources of the current instability in the Middle East and North Africa? Now back to Blair - what if he hadn't decided to become a US lapdog and go about "liberating" Iraq, a country which most iraqi's tell me, was better under Saddam. Which governments and politicians decided to lead the charge in "liberating" Afghanistan - a campaign which is now bearing its ripest fruit as mostly young men, realising they have no future there and can perhaps live in comfort on the dole in Europe, make the journey west? Who decided to partake in the "liberation" of Libya, a country that even by Western standards had a relatively high median income, albeit was led by a bit of an oddball? Who decided to free the people of Syria creating IS, an unprecedented evil, in the process? None of these were, to my knowledge, centralised EU decisions enforced on member nations. Much of this geopolitical spiel has occurred with the consent and active participation of elected politicians, NATO and the US. I'd say it's time the blame was directed toward them. And perhaps it's time for the US government to shoulder some of the refugee burden that they themselves orchestrated through a combination of arrogance and incompetence. So when it comes to the refugee crisis, I don't think the EU should shoulder the blame... 1) I believe the true reason for this is to dismantle the welfare state and generate a new sub working-class bringing Sweden in line with other nations neoliberal economics. Edited June 23, 2016 by Vanya 1 Quote Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '97 XK8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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