This week, Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of Muslim refugees. The policy change comes after well-publicized rapes and murders of locals working in or around the refugee communities. The two small Nordic countries have taken in more asylum seekers on a per capita basis than any other country in the European Union.
Paivi Nerg, the Administrative Director of the Interior Ministry of Finland, announced that two thirds of the Middle Eastern immigrants that arrived in 2015 will now be deported over the next several months. Of course, this is easier said than done. Many newly arrived immigrants will not show up for their asylum reviews, especially in light of the widely announced decision.
In Sweden, the Interior Minister, Anders Ygeman, said that his country will deport up to 80,000 asylum seekers over the next several years. Again, this policy will be nearly impossible to enforce, as these asylum seekers disappear into society.
Many of the people arriving from the Middle East arrive with no documentation. No passports and no identification make it difficult for the government to deport uncooperative refugees.
Both Sweden and Finland have very high income tax rates. A large percentage of the population works “off the books”, so as not to report income. This large, underground economy is well suited for these new immigrants who want to remain living in the shadows of society, working and not paying any taxes. The system makes it nearly impossible for the government to seek out these immigrants for deportation.
As the crisis continues, some of these displaced refugees, mostly young, bored males, will turn to further violence.
This crisis was created by well-intentioned, liberal policies. Milton Friedman once said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Letting swarms of unvetted refugees into the country makes liberals feel good, but the policy resulted in disaster.
We can only hope our American politicians learn from Europe’s mistakes.