By Eloise Nosworthy
One of the most tangible products of European cooperation, the Schengen Area, is under threat. Denmark has decided to re-instate border controls for people entering the country, amongst unchallenged claims that its 320,000 non-Western migrants cost the Danish tax-payer £1.8bn per year, and don’t contribute to the economy. France and Italy are leading a campaign to close their borders under special circumstances – in this case a large influx of undesired migrants which they would rather their neighbour(s) dealt with.
With the rise of anti-immigration parties across the EU, more traditionally mainstream parties seem to be running scared, and reaching for the dog-whistle to try and make up lost ground. This strategy of anti-immigration-lite is a blind alley. If mainstream parties really want to roll back the rise of the likes of the True Finns and the National Front in France, they have to get on the front foot and explain the benefits of migration to Europe’s citizens. Read full article »