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June 30, 2006

With the British government exploring a plan to give amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants, a senior military officer has warned that unchecked migration could threaten Western civilization.

Speaking earlier this month at the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank, Rear Admiral Chris Parry warned that the countries of Western Europe could be subject to "reverse colonization" by waves of immigrants within the next 12 years.

  • With the rise of the Internet and cheap international phone calls, he said that assimilation by these groups into British society would be a thing of the past.
  • Immigrants from the Third World, many of them from predominantly Islamic countries, would remain locked into their old cultures and ways.
  • Europe could face a permanent class of disaffected, unemployed young men.

"When you combine the lower prospects for communal life with macho youth and economic deprivation you tend to get trouble, typified by gangs and organized criminal activity," he said.

  • Currently, the government estimates that there are between 310,000 and 570,000 illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom, a country with a total population of some 60 million.
  • A Home Office official touched off controversy last month when he admitted that he had "no idea" how many illegal immigrants there actually were.

Danny Sriskandarajah, associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a left-leaning think tank, said Thursday the economic benefits of an amnesty outweighed the costs of deporting an untold number of immigrants.

  • According to a recent government study, it costs an average of $19,930 to forcibly deport one illegal immigrant.
  • If a general amnesty was declared, the institute estimated the government would see more than $1 billion in new tax revenues from immigrants already working in low-paid, mainly service jobs.

Source: Kevin McCandless, "Warning As UK Considers Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants,", June 30, 2006.


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