The Future of Europe

Migrants in Calais

Ten years from now, historians will put this news item in context:

“Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as ‘The Jungle,’ making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe’s wider migrant crisis alongside Italian and Greek islands used as an entry point for those crossing the Mediterranean from Africa or the Middle East.

“Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel have been severely disrupted in past weeks as migrants desperate to enter Britain have stepped up attempts to board trucks and trains traveling from France.”

Keeping tens of thousands of migrants out of Europe required a colossal collective effort but eventually it worked. There is nothing as useful in building a sense of solidarity than an external enemy.

This was one of several exercises in cooperation involving sacrifices of sovereignty that led to an unexpectedly harmonious sense of a European community.

Another was the internal migration, which internationalized all the major cities creating demographic realities more powerful than any number of well-meaning political speeches and even more effective than the literature, music and visual arts that have been produced.

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2 responses to “The Future of Europe

  1. Perhaps not only Europe. Is not human history a history of migration of peoples?

  2. Only three questions seeking answers. First, are there any estimates of the net benefits for all by spontaneous (‘push or pull’) or regulated global mass migration? Second, can anyone tell who is better off and at what cost as a result of the ‘internal’ migration? And, third, does it really come down to merely conceding with a tinge of sardonic irony that ‘There is nothing as useful in building a sense of solidarity than an external enemy.’?