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The European illegal immigrant crisis – resistance is growing

By Russell Grenning - posted Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The rising tide of resistance across Europe has been reflected in the largest public opinion survey ever taken in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. An overwhelming seventy-four per cent believed that the illegal immigration flood is, or will be, negative for the continent.

Central Europeans were most opposed with eighty-nine per cent of Slovaks and Hungarians having a negative view of immigration closely followed by eighty-eight per cent of Czechs. The migrant relocation scheme was forced through the European Parliament in September, 2015 regardless as to whether all nations agreed.

Several nations including Hungary have balked at the order. Hungary constructed a border fence along its southern frontier to stem the flow and, since then, has reduced its illegal immigration by a reported ninety-nine per cent.


Meanwhile refugees continue to arrive from the Middle East and northern Africa with no sign at all that the flow will be reduced or even contained.

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Russell Grenning is a retired political adviser and journalist who began his career at the ABC in 1968 and subsequently worked for the then Brisbane afternoon daily, The Telegraph and later as a columnist for The Courier Mail and The Australian.

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