Those Refugees Aren’t Refugees, and Aren’t Even Poor

As the Wall Street Journal reports, via Steve Sailer, many of the 'refugees' coming across the Mediterranean to Europe are, as this blog has pointed out repeatedly, anything but: 

Senegal is a stable West African democracy, and Kothiary has profited from the currents of globalization transforming rural Africa’s more prosperous areas. Flat screen TVs and, increasingly, cars—mostly purchased with money wired home by villagers working in Europe—have reshaped what was once a settlement of mud huts. The wealth has plugged this isolated landscape of peanut farms and baobab trees into the global economy and won respect for the men who sent it.

But it has also put European living standards on real-time display, and handed young farm hands the cash to buy a ticket out. …

They leave behind a proud democracy whose steady economic growth has brought American-style fast food chains, cineplexes and shopping malls to this nation of 15 million, but hasn’t kept pace with the skyrocketing aspirations of the youthful population. Dusty and remote villages like Kothiary have become an unlikely ground zero for this exodus. …

The number of Senegalese jumped 123% from the first four months of last year, which also saw record emigration. West Africa houses several of the world’s faster-growing economies but is also sending some of the most migrants out. …

Students there, Mr. Sidibé included, have cashed out their scholarships to pay traffickers for a ride to Tripoli. Even their professors have traded in paychecks to journey north, joining policemen, civil servants and teachers, said Souleymane Jules Diop, the country’s minister for emigrants.

“People don’t go because they have nothing, they go because they want better and more,” said Mr. Diop. “It’s aspiration.”

4 thoughts on “Those Refugees Aren’t Refugees, and Aren’t Even Poor

  1. Honestly, I can’t see how you can’t see anything problematic with the title of this post.

    I’ve only skimmed the report, but it seems it only talks about refugees from Senegal. Do you think those are “most” or even “many” of the refugees?


  2. @Stefan Tilkov

    The polemic title is about as warranted as lumping them all as ‘refugees’ as (cough, spit, retch) quality press does. And I think it’s time to remember that every migrant is a consumer, too. Yet, producers and service providers don’t care how they gain their livelihood, whether it’s by skilled or unskilled labour, whether it’s legal or semi-legal shirking taxes in the migrant shadow economy (hello kulinarische Bereicherung, much coveted by tutti quanti, less so by the proles), or partially or wholly through receiving subsidies. Part of that bill is covered by the tax payer, who’s a bigot if he doesn’t consent happily to having his wealth spread around to Mssrs Aldi, Lidl, Mediamarkt (ich bin doch nicht doof!–indeed not) & Co. (not counting all other unpleasentries*). Also, there’s the welfare industry (Sozialwirtschaft). Last I read the member firms of the Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfartsverband employed around 2 millions, thus being Germany’s largest employer by far (good bye automotive, metal, chemical, you phu@kers). A third of our MPs are working for that industry, either honorary (hello retirement career) or salaried, making it the largest single lobby group (hello groovy gravy train, unstoppable in the foreseeable future). The FDP’s special love for hotels and pharmacies is finely ground peanuts in comparison.

    for instants 70% of French inmates are Black Africans or Muslims, France got scolded for that by the UN. On the assumption that we are no less, uhm, racist (or howsoever that may come to pass) we’ll have that too. Gonna be unpleasant for some, not only for the inmates, though others will profit. Again, like soylent green, migrants are people, too, and as such consumers and recipients of special care (also in prison, yay!), for which there’s a bill.


  3. Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but many news stories report that up to half of the ‘refugees’ in Germany come from Balkan states and Romania and Bulgaria. These countries are stable and have decent standards of living. Adding the young African men from nations like Gambia and Senegal who are arriving simply to pursue better life opportunities (not to escape war or violent oppression), the word ‘most’ seems appropriate.


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