The immigration policies of various European countries have engendered some serious problems for the native populations in those nations.
Particularly significant has been the rising tide of Islamic immigration into Western Europe during recent decades. As of the mid-20th century, there were almost no Muslims in the region; by the year 2000, there were between 15 million and 17 million Muslims there, including 5 million in France, 4 million in Germany, and 2 million in Britain.
Many of these immigrants -- hailing from such far-flung places as North Africa, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq -- were drawn to Europe by their hopes of attaining a better standard of living. Many others were inspired to relocate by the sermons and exhortations of militant Islamist leaders and Imams who urged Muslims to subjugate Europe (and America) by the sheer force of numbers; i.e., to extend their domain by means of immigration and procreation.
The birth rate among Muslim immigrants in Western Europe is far higher than the corresponding rate among the region’s native white Europeans. If present trends continue, one-fifth of the European Union’s population will be Muslim by the year 2050. In Western Europe specifically, it is likely that the population will be majority-Muslim by the year 2050. Moreover, Russia estimates that Islam will become its predominant religion by the middle of the 21st century.
Large numbers of Muslim immigrants to Western Europe have sought to impose their fundamentalist ideology -- reinforced and further radicalized in Western mosques -- onto the surrounding population. Toward similar ends, Muslim immigrants and their spokesmen have pressured Western societies into supporting, incrementally, various aspects of Sharia (Islamic Law) into the mainstream culture. Likewise, they have demanded that the native cultures either make concessions to Islamic traditions in the spirit of “diversity,” or admit that they (the native cultures) are discriminatory and “Islamophobic.” Meanwhile, Islamic immigrants increasingly elect not to assimilate into their host societies, choosing instead to cultivate ethnic separatism and push for the creation of a (Muslim-only) state-within-a-state.
Muslim immigrants in Europe have been disproportionately involved in criminal activity in recent years; many of their residential enclaves have evolved into crime centers where locals defiantly reject the authority of non-Muslim police. In such neighborhoods, extremism festers; rabid sermons are delivered; bombs are built; stolen cars are dropped off at chop shops; and drugs are smuggled through for distribution elsewhere. Murders and brutal gang-rapes proliferate in number.
As a result of Islamic immigration into Europe, the mistreatment of women that is rampant in the Muslim world is now also on the rise in Europe. Moreover, Islamic immigrants have brought to the continent an increase in Jew-hatred, a staple of many Middle Eastern cultures.
Sometimes the Muslim immigrants' seething hatred for "infidels" has erupted into acts of large-scale violence. Consider, for instance, the case of France, where roughly 10 percent of its more than 65 million inhabitants are African and North African -- perhaps the majority of them Muslims. These immigrants reside mostly in slum neighborhoods or government housing projects, where the unemployment rate is between 40 and 50 percent (4 to 5 times higher than the corresponding figure in the general population). In late 2005, bloody riots raged for several weeks in Paris and numerous other cities throughout the country -- including at least 20 suburbs of Paris.
The unrest began after two Muslim teenagers ran from police who were checking identification papers. The youngsters, who thought (incorrectly) that they were being chased by the officers, hid in an electrical power sub-station, where they accidentally electrocuted themselves. That night, hordes of angry young Muslims, claiming discrimination, took to the streets for the first time -- throwing rocks and bottles at police, burning cars, and vandalizing property. In the ensuing days, the violence escalated further.
Muslims have also perpetrated high-profile acts of religiously inspired violence in many other parts of Europe. In November 2004 a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim brutally murdered the filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in retribution for the latter's production of a ten-minute film titled Submission, which deals with the topic of violence against women in Islamic societies. In early 2006, bloody protests erupted across Asia and the Middle East in response to a Danish newspaper's publication of some cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. In late 2008 and early 2009, rioting Moroccan youths in Antwerp, Belgium went on a rampage, beating up reporters and destroying cars. European Muslims have perpetrated many attacks against Jews, synagogues, and Jewish or Israeli institutions in Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium, Spain, Greece, and Britain. In Australia, Norway, Sweden and other Western nations, Islamic men rape large numbers of Western women for candidly cited ethnic and religious reasons; the perpetrators justify their behavior by citing the Salafist teaching which says that women who do not wear headscarves are whores and should be treated as such.