Italy is the country in Europe that is closest to North Africa. It’s the country where Muslim migrants from North Africa are taken to, in rickety boats, by the people smugglers, usually to the island of Lampedusa, which is only 150 kilometers from the nearest port in Tunisia. Week after week, those boats dump their human cargo onto Lampedusa, and then the migrants are moved to the Italian mainland to be “processed.” The Italians have no mechanism in place to send them back to their countries of origin. These migrants claim to be asylum seekers, but in truth they are economic migrants, seeking to take advantage of the many benefits the generous welfare state of Italy has on offer to its neediest: subsidized housing, free medical care, free education, family allowances, and welfare payments for the unemployed. This is costing the Italian state billions of dollars a year. The number of immigrants is steadily rising. In 2020, there were 34,154, in 2021, there were 67,477, and in 2022, 105,129 migrants reached Italy. This year, there are expected to be close to 180,000. The great majority are Muslims from North Africa.
Many in Italy, including Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, want to put a stop to the Muslim migrants arriving from North Africa. But not everyone. The man who is just ending his tenure as president of the National Institute for Social Security (INPS) insists that Italy needs more, not fewer, immigrants, and he does not distinguish between Muslim and non-Muslim migrants. More on his views can be found here: “Italian official slammed after calling for constant mass immigration to cover future pensions,” by Thomas Brooke, Remix News, April 18, 2023:
Migrants are essential to Italy’s survival and without it the country’s pension system will collapse, Pasquale Tridico, the outgoing president of the country’s National Institute for Social Security (INPS), has claimed.
In an interview with La Stampa newspaper, Tridico warned that “without migrants, INPS accounts will be critical in 20 years.” He claimed that the most advanced nations in Europe “all have many migrants” and that Italy needs “to cover the demand for medium-low jobs from North to South with foreigners.”
Yes, the “most advanced nations In Europe “ – France, Germany, the U.K., Sweden – “all have many migrants,” but Pasquale Tridico fails to note that all these countries, and their indigenous inhabitants, are now in a state of alarm and confusion over what to do about the Muslim economic migrants they have allowed in, and whose large-scale presence has created a situation that for the indigenous Infidels is far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without that large-scale presence. The previous welcoming attitude toward migrants is long gone. Now the indigenous French, Germans, British, and Swedes see No-Go areas established in their main cities, where non-Muslims fear to tread. They note the steep rise in criminality, almost all of it attributable to Muslim migrants, including street robberies, house burglaries, assaults, and also serious crimes of violence, including rape and murder. And the non-Muslims in Europe see the vast sums going to support these migrants, who are expert at extracting every possible benefit from the state, and are in no hurry, the data tells us, to become gainfully employed.
Tridico uses the word “foreigners.” He’s afraid to distinguish among those “foreigners,” for fear of being called a “racist” and an “Islamophobe.” But it’s time to get over being afraid of such calumniating words used to prevent a no-nonsense discussion of the very different abilities of Muslim and non-Muslim “foreigners” to integrate into the societies of Western Europe. The Muslims have been taught, in the Qur’an itself, that they are the “best of peoples,” while non-Muslims are the “most vile of created beings.” When such views are taught from childhood, it is unsurprising that Muslims will despise the non-Muslims among whom they have settled, will regard the welfare benefits they receive not with gratitude, but pocket them as a kind of well-deserved jizyah, and will hope to someday demographically overwhelm the indigenes in the countries that. have welcomed them, and turn them into places where Islam everywhere dominates, and Muslims rule, everywhere. “In the wombs of our women” we will conquer you (the Europeans), promised Algerian leader Houari Boumedienne. Many Muslims are thinking along the same triumphalist lines.
Pasquale Tridico is fixated only on one thing: having enough young people entering the workforce to support with their taxes the older generation’s social security payments. He recognizes that with a fertility rate of 1.24, the Italians are not coming close to the replacement fertility rate of 2.1. His solution is to allow into Italy more and more young migrants, indiscriminately, to work and pay into the system.
“The solution can only be the access of regular and fluid immigration,” he added, insisting that gaps in the Italian labor market can only be filled through foreign migrants and claiming the flow of mass migration must be “constant.”
Tridico claimed that with a falling birth rate and an aging population, mass migration was the only option. “Today we have 16.5 million retirees. With less than 400,000 newborns, in about 20 years we will have 230,000 graduates. Under current conditions, 150,000 will have a job. Looking ahead [if nothing changes] we will have roughly the same number of people retiring and entering the labor market,” he said.
The concept was dismissed in a critique of Tridico’s remarks by the Il Giornale newspaper, which called his comments a grave oversimplification.
The proposal also repeats an “instrumental rhetoric of immigration as an end in itself, which identifies the migrant in a purely servile function,” the newspaper claimed.
“Immigrants are not a separate category who ‘pay pensions’ or receive subsidies, but will contribute and receive individually in relation to their income, the services received and future social security coverage. And, which Tridico seems to forget, they will in turn age, becoming recipients of the system. So the general point is linked to how much the economic system will grow and develop in relation to a population with an increasing average age, both for Italians and for foreigners,” wrote the paper.
Immigrants are not merely people whose taxes will pay the pensions of the aging Italian population. They also cost the state money, right now, for support of every kind. And the most expensive migrants are the Muslims. It is these economic migrants who are determined to take advantage of every benefit the Italian state has on offer. They want, and will get, free or highly subsidized housing, free medical care, free education, family allowances (which increase with the size of the family, and Muslim families are very large), unemployment benefits (without having paid into that system), and more.
If they cost the Italian state so much in the benefits they receive, they also cost it in other ways. Muslim migrants have a much higher rate of criminality than do the native Italians or other, non-Muslim, migrants. The result has been, with their mass migration, more street robberies and assaults, more home burglaries, more rapes. Life is less secure and less pleasant. Women no longer dare to go out in the evening unescorted. Insurance rates for robberies, home burglaries, and wanton vandalism of cars inexorably increase with the crime rate. What’s more, with this high rate of Muslim criminality, the state must pay for more police, more detectives, more prosecutors, more court-appointed lawyers, more judges, more prisons and more prison guards, in response to this precipitous rise in crime. All this adds hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the national budget. Mr. Tridico appears not to have given this any thought; he does not distinguish between Muslim and non-Muslim migrants, and the very different costs to the state that their presence will entail.
Stefano Candiani, the former undersecretary of state at the Italian interior ministry and a member of Matteo Salvini’s League party, also objected. “They want to replace the workforce, Italians, with low-cost workers,” he said in an interview with La7 television channel.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni weighed into the debate on Tuesday, dismissing the idea that the only reference model for a functioning society is that of promoting a citizen’s income.
There are other things that make up a good society aside from raising the incomes of its members. How do they feel about security on the streets or in their homes? How do they feel about their children going to school with 20-40% of their classmates being Muslims, classmates who will require special attention from the teachers — time not spent on their own children — in order that those Muslim children become fluent in Italian? How do they feel about the shrill Call to Prayer, electronically amplified, that wakes them before dawn and sounds four more times throughout the day, ending at dusk? What does the arrival of so many Muslims do to social harmony in the once overwhelmingly Catholic and homogeneous nation of Italy, and can Muslims really become a part of that nation, or will Muslims always regard that Catholic society and polity with disdain and distrust?
On the issue of importing workers from overseas to plug a gap in the labor market, Meloni instead opted to focus on mobilizing Italians first and foremost, and women in particular.
“I believe that before arriving at the issue of immigration we need to work, for example, on the possibility of involving many more women in the labor market,” the Italian premier said.
“By raising the levels of female work and bringing them to the European average, our data would already change a lot, and also by working on demography and therefore on encouraging the possibility for families to have children,” she added.
The mobilization of nationals not currently working is a concept borrowed from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who recently announced similar plans to fill job vacancies before opening up his country’s borders.
Meloni is absolutely right. Italian women, beginning with the newest generation, need to be encouraged to join the workforce in the same way that French and English and American women have done. That would fill part of the need for younger workers to feed into the pension system.
Proponents of mass immigration to fix pension problems also discount the enormous cost of migrants. Germany, for instance, is spending tens of billions of euros for education, integration, healthcare, and social benefits — often with extremely poor results. Norway reported in 2020 that nearly €7 billion had been spent on workforce integration for migrants, but only about half of them were working. The issue of crime cannot be overlooked either. In Italy, over half of rapes are committed by foreigners, and foreign groups that have failed to integrate have also added to the organized crime problem in the country.
Mass immigration – if the migrants are Muslims — is not the solution to the pension problem. Muslim migrants have shown, in every European country where they have been allowed to settle in significant numbers, that a great deal has to be spent on their integration into the circumambient society, and the results have not been encouraging. Germany has spent tens of billions of euros on educating those migrants, but very few have proven suitable to join Germany’s highly-educated workforce. Many of them refuse to undergo the advanced training they would need to join that workforce, and prefer to remain unemployed, in order to receive all the benefits that the German state provides. The same is true in Norway, where seven billion euros have been spent on workplace integration, but fully half of the migrants are still not working. They are content to live, permanently, on the most generous Norwegian dole.
What should the Italian government do to ensure the long-term viability of the social security system? It should, as Prime Minister Meloni says, first persuade Italian women to enter the workforce in far greater numbers. That will require more state-funded nursery and kindergarten schools, to free women to work. The tax code can also be modified to lower tax rates for two-income families. And then, the Italian government should actively look for the kind of migrants who will fit in with the least friction to Italian society and encourage them to migrate to Italy. For the past decade, for example, tens of thousands of Filipinas have found employment as “badantes,” or caregivers, for the elderly all over Italy. These Filipinas have one very important thing in common with the Italians that eases their entry into Italian society – they are Catholics, just like their employers. All of Latin America is full of people who are eager to work abroad, given the poverty and violence of their societies. Right now they are trying to enter the United States, not for benefits — America does not offer anything like what the European states offer — but to find gainful employment in a peaceful environment.
The United States has been trying to keep them out. But in Italy, the Venezuelans and Cubans fleeing the sinking economies of Marxist dictatorships, the Guatemaltecos and Hondurans and Mexicans fleeing poverty and extreme violence, should be welcomed. They will not bring with them the grotesque sense of entitlement of the Muslim migrants. Nor will they harbor an inculcated contempt, even hatred, that the Muslim migrants have for the Infidels of Italy. They are fleeing crime, not bringing crime with them, like so many of the Muslim migrants to Europe. South America is the bottomless well of the kind of migrants that Italy ought to be seeking. All that is required is the willingness to admit that migrants are not all equal, but very different in their costs and their benefits. Muslim migrants cost Italian society far more than any possible benefits they might bring if, when employed, they pay into the social security system. While Muslim migrants must be kept out, to cut down on welfare costs and on crime, other migrants to Italy, especially from South America and the Philippines, are to be encouraged.
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Look at the colour of the background to his photograph. The corporate colour of the United Nations which is openly calling for depopulation of the western world.
How does an African get across the Sahara Desert to arrive in Italy?
Pasquale Tridico is a stupid, stupid man.
As is too often the case with politicians, they make policy decisions based on half-baked theories, poorly thought out, and with no regard to the consequences. They don’t have to suffer for the consequences of their decisions, living behind gated communities, and with their children in private schools. Why should they care if they transform their country into a sh*thole?