Podcast: Why Europe sees a refugee flood as an invasion

September 15, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Robert Young Pelton

People fleeing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere will pay upward of a thousand dollars for space on a crowded, rickety boat for the trip across the Mediterranean and a chance at a better life. All the walls and guns in Europe won’t stop 60 million desperate, hungry people.

Robert Young Pelton is the author of The World’s Most Dangerous Places and founder of Migrant Report, a site dedicated to tracking the movement of people displaced by conflict. According to Pelton, the massive exodus of people from conflict zones will change the world and set European policy for the next decade.

“[Europe] is viewing this influx — something like a quarter of a million people came across by sea — as an invasion,” he explains. On this week’s War College, Pelton walks us through the realities of the migrant crisis, dispels its most pernicious myth and illuminates the human face of the displaced.

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‘People fleeing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere’
‘Elsewhere’ seems to be the peaceful rich country of Austria, where no-one claims asylum and instead travels to Germany.

‘All the walls and guns in Europe won’t stop 60 million desperate, hungry people.’
Slashing benefits does, as Denmark has proven.

Who are those people? Well, those poor refugees who hate violence and war shout ‘Allahu Ackbar’.

Posted by NO2EUSSR | Report as abusive

All the walls and guns in Europe won’t stop them? I’d like to see this proven.

SAVE EUROPE! STOP THE MUSLIM INVASION!

Posted by BillSimmons | Report as abusive

Islamist attack in Berlin on 9/17. How can Germany properly vet and verify the flood of people arriving for its benefits?

UNHCR is advocating Euro-cide.

Posted by GetReel | Report as abusive

Good podcast. This episode in particular had a poor choice for an “expert”. Maybe next episode.

Posted by JWKGRR | Report as abusive

European citizen’s perception is correct. It is an invasion. The EU leadership, and the govt elites of Sweden and Germany are probably profiting off the huge flows of people, and want to see the flows increase.

Posted by GetReel | Report as abusive

“All the walls and guns in Europe won’t stop 60 million desperate, hungry people”

Care to explain how Australia absolutely DIIIIIID Stop the flow?

no guns necessary, take the magnet away. and the economic migrants were gone.

Posted by yobro_yobro88 | Report as abusive

Now, anyone wants to blame China for not letting that terrible regime collapse in its border? Is China smarter than the western liberals blind democracy worshipers and the western spy chiefs or what?

Posted by axioum123 | Report as abusive

migrant crisis=Arab spring=US sponsored rebellions

Posted by Jingan | Report as abusive

why have a comment section when you dont got the intellectual courage to stand them?

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