Murray’s account ranges from the postwar guest-worker programs to the 2015 crisis that brought more than a million people from the Middle East and Africa. The author, a director at London’s Henry Jackson Society (where I was briefly a nonresident fellow), has for more than a decade been among Europe’s more pessimistic voices on immigration.
My classically liberal instincts primed me to oppose him at every turn.
All this is secondary to Murray’s unanswerable argument that European elites had for years cordoned off immigration from normal political debate.
The book deals mainly with Western Europe’s disastrous experiment in admitting huge numbers of Muslim immigrants without bothering to assimilate them.And Murray is right when he says that Europeans hadn’t staged a real debate on immigration until very recently.The author might be too quick to dismiss the salutary fiscal and social effects of economic growth and immigration’s role in promoting it.Events of the period have vindicated Murray’s bleak vision and confounded his critics.Murray is right: Time isn’t mellowing out Europe’s Muslims.
Second- and third-generation immigrants make up the bulk of the estimated 5,000 Muslims who have gone off to fight with the Islamic State.