Europe and Europeans, how do you feel what will be after Brexit and in acc. to immigration? Europe will be weaker or it will be end? Europe will be like before or Islamic world will swallow it?
Most Helpful Girl
I voted out because britain is the choice destination for a lot of immigrants from the middle east. I'm not bothered about european immigration it's immigration from outside the EU I don't like. They go to places like germany first and eventually get an EU passport then they can come here and we can't stop them because of the free movement of people, but we can stop that from happening now because we have control of our borders.4
Most Helpful Guy
Well, first off, it's important to note that Europe is not the same as the EU. I think many people make the mistake of putting them on the same level. The EU is nothing more than an economic and partially political (though not democratically legitimated) union of nation states. Europe in its cultural, linguistic, social and political diversity is so much more than that.
Personally, I am a happy European (I don't like the word "proud") but I am not a member of the EU. In my opinion, the EU in its current condition is bound for failure. HOWEVER, I am not worried about Europe as a continent.
As for immigration: No, the Islamic world won't swallow Europe. That sounds more like a bad conspiracy theory.
My country Switzerland has the second-highest immigration rate in Europe (tiny Luxembourg has the highest). Almost 25% of our population are foreigners. In my opinion, that brings us a lot of diversity. I have had the opportunity to live in other countries myself and I have a non-European girlfriend. I love the idea of living in a culturally interconnected world.
What many people don't understand about immigration is that the number is not so important. Switzerland has FAR more immigrants than England or France relative to our population size but we have much fewer problems than these countries. What's important is HOW you integrate your foreigners. France and England both did an absolutely terrible job at this. In France, all the Arab and North African immigrants were pushed into dirty ghettos in the outskirts of the big cities (for example the Banlieus in Paris) for decades. There, they lived in poverty, misery and without any real chances to make something out of their lives. Plus, they only lived among their own kin. You can go to some neighborhoods in Paris or London and only hear Arabic. That's a clear sign of bad integration (or no integration at all). Even Sweden made this mistake to some degree.
In Switzerland, I believe we have handled immigration much better so far. We don't have any foreigner-ghettos. The mix of natives and foreigners is really good. Plus, foreigners get real chances to get a job, settle down, learn the language etc. I think another country that did a pretty good job at this is the US. If you go to New York City for instance, you see that almost all foreigners also speak English and act in some way American. That doesn't mean they've given up their own culture but most of them found a way of living both cultures at the same time.1