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Promoted from the diaries by streiff. Promotion does not imply endorsement.
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Multiculturalism is not some grand noble exercise by European countries predicated on love, understanding, and unicorns jumping over rainbows.  It is what remains after mass migration reveals itself as a threat rather than a benefit to countries.

After World War II, France underwent an economic boom.  Waves of migration were welcomed to fill menial and low-skill labor jobs.  Most of them came from former French colonies.  From then until the early 1970s, they came without families, performed menial tasks and left.  They came to fill these jobs, not to enrich French culture.

Starting in the late 1970s, things changed.  The migrants came with families and had children after arriving in France.  Changes in the French economy left these descendants of immigrants hopeless.  While their parents enjoyed some upward mobility and even though more educated, they were left in the dust.  Not only was there now a surplus in the labor market, but they now had nowhere to go.  They were born in a country with nothing to offer.  Therefore, based on the fantasy of virtue, the only thing France could do was suggest that these new-found French citizens who were descendants of non-French immigrants enrich France by their multiculturalism.  To those whom the sweet talk was aimed, they now realize their future is bleak.

Fortunately, there are many in Eastern Europe who are resistant to the concept of multiculturalism being forced upon them by their masters in Brussels.  The Czech Republic is a perfect example.  They are worlds apart from France after the Second World War.  They do not need immigrants to perform menial tasks.  They require skilled workers to foster their economy.

Some have suggested mass immigration to Eastern Europe (and I am using the Czech Republic here as the prime example) for two reasons.  The first is that they need them for high tech jobs until the country can educate their own.  We hear the same thing here in the United States.  But, such immigrants prefer to migrate to countries that pay the most and speak their language.  Most Eastern European countries fail on both counts.

Second, some have suggested that immigrants are needed to care for the Czech Republic’s aging population.  Considering that most migrants are unable to care for themselves, that idea proposed by some politicians seems equally ludicrous.  It is not because the immigrants are lazier or less ambitious than the native population that strains are placed on the social welfare system.  It is the difficulty adjusting to the language, culture and the fact immigrants have larger families for which to care.

The Eastern European immigration debate is an offshoot of an ongoing overall European debate- whether to slim down the welfare state or to meet the needs of the increasing disadvantaged populations.  It has intensified with the recent influx of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

The nature of multiculturalism has changed in the interim.  It is now used as a means of placing psychological pressure on low- and middle-class Europeans.  One tactic trotted out is to equate the current wave of migrants with those escaping from behind the Iron Curtain.  That is a patently false analogy.  Those escaping from the Soviet bloc did not aspire to multicultural status; they escaped to integrate into an accepting country.

The wave of new migrants to Europe and especially those being forced on Eastern Europe by the EU and dictates from Brussels will prove to be a net negative on the economies of struggling economies.  The social welfare systems designed by and for the populations of these nations will simply never be able to afford further stress on their systems with waves of migrants entering their countries.

The proponents of the new multiculturalism want to share their welfare states with this new wave of migrants.  As France has proven, they will be unable to finance themselves in the long run while being a drain on much-needed resources in the short-term.  The Czech Republic and other countries need to remain steadfast in pushing back against the snake oil salesmen of multiculturalism lest they end up like France- a rich and proud culture and tradition being dismantled in front of our eyes.