Anti-migration sentiments in European societies are not so much a political issue as they are a cultural issue. Europeans are very attached to their cultures which they consider a „backbone of the nation”. This, to some extend, includes religion.
National identification and social integration are built around these common values and common traditions – to the point that destroying culture would leave the society without a moral compass, sense of belonging, and meaning in life – especially, when ideology, religion, patriotism, history, and traditional model of family are eliminated, modified, or seriously weakened. During the last 300 years, Europeans have been subjected many times to this kind of treatment, so people know how important culture is. Let me remind you that all attempts to annex defeated countries were always accompanied by burning of libraries, elimination of cultural leaders, and destruction of national identity built on common cultural value systems. Resistance to such attempts always focused on preservation of national culture.
In today’s world, we observe the same phenomenon that serves the globalization agenda. People view the migration as a deliberate attempt to mix and destroy their local cultures – and they obviously oppose it on these grounds. Migrants who come to their host countries from countries with very different cultures, usually do not integrate well. They are rejected by local population and they tend to stick together and isolate themselves for similar reasons.
We have less opposition to immigration in Canada and the United States but these are relatively young countries in which nearly all residents are historically recent immigrants. These countries were formed by immigrants from all parts of the world and, from the beginning, developed as multicultural societies.
There also is an economic dimension in the opposition of the Europeans to large migration quotas in their countries – for obvious reasons. I am not judging whether this is good or bad but there are substantive arguments on both sides of this debate and satisfactory solutions – (for example a temporary asylum for the time of war in the migrants’ countries) – have been, so far, avoided by European governments. This only increases the suspicion that the whole issue is arranged as part of the globalization agenda. Therefore, it increases the local opposition to immigration. In Europe, this is not a new fear and not a new reaction.
Quote: “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” – Brock Chisholm, Psychiatrist, Director of the UN World Health Organization (1948-53).