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Flow of migrants into EU stems from western policies in Middle East, North Africa

August 04, 2015, 15:18 UTC+3 Zamyatina Tamara
© AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The expanding flow of illegal migrants into the EU countries is a consequence of US and NATO bombardments of Iraq and Libya and the West-engineered civil war in Syria, polled experts told TASS.

Late Sunday night 1,700 migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel. Since the beginning of this year the security service intercepted a total of 37,000 illegal migrants trying to get into Britain from continental Europe. The sharp influx of new arrivals in Europe is fueling social tensions. In Germany, the opponents of migration have been taking to the streets for mass protest actions. In that country alone 240,000 people are on the lists of those waiting for the refugee status.

"The migration process in the EU countries went out of control after the United States and NATO ruined government institutions in Libya, Syria and Iraq. As a result millions of people have found themselves abandoned at the mercy of terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, and have had to seek asylum in Europe," the director of the Political Studies Institute, Civic Chamber member Sergey Markov has told TASS. "Politicians in the EU member-states failed to establish proper control of extending social benefits to the refugees depending on their wish to get jobs. Social benefits are a lucrative attraction for hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants."

"Nor has Brussels established control of the movement of refugees’ families. Some of them bring dozens of relatives to Europe, which turns the situation from bad to worse. As a rule, refugees prefer to settle together, in one place, to gradually phase out the indigenous population. In these mono-ethnic areas real power belongs to criminal groups. Still more risky is the EU countries’ indifference to processes underway inside the migrants’ communities, where active Islamization and propaganda of terrorist organizations is in progress and Islamic State militants are being recruited," Markov said.

The director of the Globalization Problems Institute, member of the international discussion club Valdai, Mikhail Delyagin, blames the waves of refugees hitting the EU on the West-engineered chain of revolts - the Arab Spring. "The Europeans were greatly involved in ruining civilized life in Iraq, Libya and Syria. The West has created this problem with its own hands, and it will eventually erode the integrity of societies in the European Union," he said.

The deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, Andrey Klimov, too, believes that the growing migration flow to the EU countries is an immediate side effect of Western policies towards its southern neighbors.

"Before the interference and bombardments by the United States and NATO began the not very nice-looking (no denying that) authoritarian regimes in Iraq, Libya and Syria controlled the borders of their countries somehow. It’s not surprising, therefore, that when the West opened the floodgates, an uncontrolled tide of refugees swept Europe. All these people dream of living at the expense of European taxpayers," Klimov said.

Islamic State militants are getting into the EU alongside the illegal migrants, bringing with them the idea of creating a Great Caliphate.

"That’s just the beginning of bigger trouble. No wall will be able to protect the border from Gibraltar to Greece. Social protests may roll across Western Europe to oust the governments of a number of EU countries," Klimov forecasts. "In order to not let this happen the EU countries should stabilize the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, but Brussels has not demonstrated such intention so far."

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