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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Europe is undergoing the greatest mass migration since the Second World War, US conservative political commentator and author Patrick J. Buchanan points out, posing the question whether European civilization will survive in 21th century.

    Europe is unable to absorb millions of asylum seekers fleeing from war-torn regions of the Middle East and North Africa; they come from other civilizations and cultures and will change the face of Europe forever, US conservative political commentator and author Patrick J. Buchanan notes.

    It will never be the same again.

    "The threats raised by the mass migration into Europe rise to the level of the existential. Can a civilization survive the replacement of the people who created it by people of other races, religions, and civilizations? Ask the Native Americans," Buchanan writes in his article for the American Conservative.

    "Will Europe remain Europe if she is repopulated by Arabs, Muslims, Asians, and Africans? What will hold Europe together? Free trade?" he asks.

    The American author reminds that unlike the United States, Europe has never experienced mass migration.

    Indeed, from 1890 to 1920 America had faced a huge influx of migrants. However, most of them were European nationals, mostly Christians. 

    Those who are pouring into Europe now are representatives of other civilizations and cultures. They are not inclined to assimilate into the European community but rather try to preserve their own cultural identity by creating enclaves "to replicate the lands whence they came," Buchanan underscores.

    To complicate matters further, there is seemingly no end in sight to the migrations from Africa and the Middle East.

    "As long as Europe's borders remain open, they will come. And the people who wish to come number not just in the millions but the tens and scores of millions. And they know how to get there," the US author remarks.

    The desire of millions of people to flee war, terror and poverty and seek the good life in Europe is perfectly understandable.

    However, the question arises: "Will European civilization survive the century?" the conservative commentator asks, citing Hungarian President Viktor Orban.

    "With birth rates in this smallest and least populated of continents below replacement levels for decades, Europe is aging, shrinking and dying, as it is being invaded and altered forever," he warns.

    Simultaneously, one can observe the rise of right-wing movements in Europe as a response to the migrant flow. On the other hand, the support for Angela Merkel, who has opened Germany to millions of refugees, is decreasing.

    According to Buchanan, "if the mass migrations are not halted, the rise of nationalist regimes at the expense of Europe's liberals and leftists is inevitable."

    So is there a way out?

    Buchanan believes that the United States is able to help Europe to mend the situation.

    "One day soon, a voice will arise across the Atlantic calling for an end to this invasion, by force if necessary, and declare: "Let Europe be Europe!" he added.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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