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Immigration of minorities to the West

Reader comment on item: Religious Minorities in an increasingly intolerant Middle East

Submitted by Bryan Poulin (Canada), Mar 16, 2012 at 04:25

This is a good assessment of the plight of Christian minorities in Muslim countries! It is good, and refreshing not to mince words and likely outcomes. Let's first look at the practical and the historical. The West is facing a severe decline in working age population with skills and resourcefulness. The West also has a strong heritage of Christian immigration, including United States and Canada. As Pipes stated, one option of allowing and encouraging Coptic Christians to emigrate from Egypt to the West, for example, is that it is good and practical policy, since these are exactly the kind of people who are most likely to succeed in the Western countries, and be grateful for the opportunity. However, success and gratitude are not the only or even the main reasons for encouraging mass immigration of the kind that saw, for example, populations of Jewish people immigrate to Israel, and then to the West. The main reason for encouraging such immigration to the West or Western style democracies is that encouraging immigration of persecuted, potentially contributing minorities is the fair, right and practical thing to do. We in the West need to realize that we, as much as they need to be our dear brothers and sisters finders and keepers.

The consequences of assisting persecuted minorities and those who have a good chance of becoming committed and productive members of their new countries are as great as not caring and standing by and doing nothing. The difference is uncaring is and will be negative in every respect, while caring is and will be positive in every respect. Let's first ask and, as necessary demand that governments in the West to do the right thing by these persecuted, needful and potentially contributing peoples.


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