Counter-Terrorism: Dangerous Migrants

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August 5, 2007: About four percent of the British population is from South Asia, or is of South Asian ancestry. Half of those are from India, 36 percent from Pakistan, and most of the rest from Bangladesh. About half the South Asian population is Moslem. While 84 percent are satisfied with their life in Britain, only about half believe they have more opportunities in Britain than in the old country. About a third did not think of themselves as British. While half felt they were not treated as British by non-Asian Britons, three-quarters believed their Asian culture was being diluted by living in Britain. Nearly forty percent believed you had to adopt a British outlook to get ahead, but only twelve percent of the South Asian population said they did that. Economic success does tend to be linked with the degree of assimilation.

While Britain is the European nation most agreeable to assimilation, it is also, like other countries in the region, hostile to migrants. They are tolerated, not welcomed, as they are in the United States. As with the United States, natives, and legal migrants are hostile to illegal migrants.

The Moslem South Asians who cling to their old culture form a pool of supporters for Islamic radicalism and Islamic terrorists. In the past, European nations considered their unhappy migrants as a potential source of criminals. Now, some of those criminal minded foreigners are turning to Islamic terrorism.

 


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