by Andre Vltchek
Tens of millions of European and North American immigrants, legal and illegal, have been flooding both the cities and countryside in Asia, Latin America, and even Africa.
Western migrants are charging like bulls and the ground is shaking under their feet; they are fleeing Europe and North America in hordes. Deep down they cannot stand their own lifestyle, their own societies, but you would hardly hear them admit it. They are too proud and too arrogant! Instead, after recognizing innumerable areas of the world as suitable for their personal needs – as safe, attractive and cheap – they simply pack and go!
We are told that some few hundred thousand African and Asian exiles are now causing a great “refugee crises” all over Europe. Governments and media are spreading panic, borders are being re-erected and armed forces are interrupting the free movement of peoples. But the number of foreigners illegally entering Europe is incomparably smaller than the number of Western migrants that are inundating, often illegally, virtually all corners of the world.
No “secret paradise” can be hidden any longer and no country can maintain its reasonable price structure. Potential European, North American and Australian immigrants are determined to enrich themselves by any means, at the expense of local populations. They are constantly searching for bargains: monitoring prices everywhere, ready to move at the spur of the moment, as long as the place offers some great bargains, has lax immigration laws, and a weak legal framework.
Everything pure and untapped gets corrupted. With lightning speed, Western immigrants are snatching reasonably priced real estate and land around the world. Then, they impose their lifestyle on all those “newly conquered territories”. As a result, entire cultures are collapsing or changing beyond recognition.
Overall, Western immigrants are arrogant and stubborn; they feel no pity for the countries they are inundating. What surrounds them is only some colorful background to their precious lives. They are unable and unwilling to adopt local customs, because they are used to the fact that theirs is the “leading culture” – the culture that controls the world.
They come, they demand, and they take whatever they can – often by force. If unchecked, they take everything. Afterwards, when there is almost nothing left to loot, they simply move on. After them, “no grass can grow”; everything is burned, ruined and corrupted. As in Bali, Phuket, Southern Sri Lanka, great parts of the Caribbean, Mexico and East African coast, just to name a few places.
Who represents the greater “menace”: some 400,000 “illegal” refugees escaping from the countries destabilized or outright destroyed by the West, or those millions of Westerners who are annually fleeing their depressing lifestyles and selfishly imposing themselves on so many economically weaker and therefore more vulnerable parts of the world?
I believe the answer is obvious.
People from devastated countries are often left with no choice: many are coming to their tormentors forced by circumstances to accept totally unreasonable conditions, humiliation and marginalization. They have to work extremely hard. They have to accept jobs Westerners think themselves “too good for”, and they are expected, even ordered, to “adapt” culturally. They go through horrific screenings and interviews, and almost all of them have to degrade themselves just in order to survive and feed their children. Only a minority is allowed to stay. Those who do stay greatly contribute to local economies.
Of course, this is a part of the dirty trick: the West needs foreigners; it cannot survive without immigrants, without their cheap labor. But it would never admit it openly. Before “accepting them”, it has to first humiliate and break even those whom it desperately needs. It has to further demean those whose nations were already robbed of everything, and even thrown into war by the West’s imperialist foreign policy and by corporate terrorism.
The West’s migrants encounter totally different treatment in most of the countries they are inundating.
To begin with, Western immigrants do not even need visas to enter most countries. Decades ago, the Empire opened by force almost all “developing states”. All around the globe, Westerners are treated preferentially, and generally promoted as a “source of income” by local regimes.
It is mainly the Western multi-nationals that are dividing the loot from Asian, African and the Middle Eastern countries, although some part of the booty does end up in the pockets of ordinary European and North American citizens, too, mainly in the form of retirement plans or other social benefits. Then, annually, tens of millions of Westerners, armed with the funds stolen from the “developing world,” hit the road, trying to make their money go further in those places from where their holiday funds actually originated!
It is no secret that Western migrants are taking advantage of poverty, low prices, and corrupt legal systems. Their arrival in a second- or third-world country raises prices for housing and land. It leaves millions of local people literally homeless, and it raises the prices of food and basic services for the local population.
In a way, people in many poor countries get robbed twice: first by the Western corporations, and then again, by Western migrants.
But damaged countries are not sending coast-guard ships to intercept Western migrants. And there are hardly any deportations. Only those who dare to criticize the system get expelled.
I saw entire islands being eaten alive by Western immigrants. Almost no coastal areas are left for local people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali. The Scandinavian mafias, the Central European mafias, Australian mafias…. The theft has reached unimaginable proportions. Where it is illegal to purchase land, the Europeans and the North Americans team up with local gangs, or forge schemes that include marriages to local women. Western migrants are tremendously canny! There is always some way to get around the law and screw poor people in the most miserable countries on earth.
Just think of the Italian “takeover” of the Kenyan coast…. and the child prostitution there.
Thailand’s islands are all gone. No culture remains, and there are almost no houses that belong to the local people any more… practically no part of the coast has been left untouched. Instead,there is banal, horrid tourist infrastructure and millions of Western migrants baking in the sun, all year round, with their pot bellies exposed, wearing flip-flops, downing beer, hand in hand with their culturally uprooted Thai companions. What did these people bring to Thailand? Freedom? Prosperity? High culture?
There are literally millions – maybe even tens of millions – of Western (mainly European) migrants living all over Southeast Asia. Exact numbers are unknown; there are no reliable studies and statistics. Many Western immigrants in Southeast Asia are actually there illegally. Some are “semi-legal”, with their constant “visa runs”, false marriages and shady investments.
Cambodia is one of the places that has been attracting the most depraved migrants from the West. Their sex sprees and “2 dollars per ‘shag’ bargains” have been described in detail in several colorful books.
I encountered many “expats” and “migrants” when I was first investigating and then helping to close down one of the most notorious child-prostitution centers on earth, the so-called “Kilometer 11”, located just outside the capital city of Phnom Penh. There, thousands of kidnapped girls, many of them minors, were forced to serve predominantly European clientèle. Some of them were kidnapped and gang-raped on the way by traffickers, dragged here from all over Cambodia and neighboring Vietnam. The girls lived in captivity, guarded by vicious gangsters. And all over the place, flashing their proverbial beer bellies, were cheerful middle-aged European migrants, who just moved to Cambodia, as I was told, where “shagging a minor is much cheaper than downing a pint of shitty beer”.
A local Reuters correspondent and I managed to interview several 14-year old girls, some of them clearly dying from AIDS. Later on, when we began photographing the scene from the car, the entire crowd of men began charging, beer bottles in their hands, shorts falling off from their backsides, ready to kill. A great gain for the country of Cambodia, those European migrants!
I fought with all my might venomous German immigrants at Colonia Dignidad in Southern Chile. There, many European Christian religious fanatics had set up an entire alternate state inside the Chilean state, closely collaborating with the US-backed Pinochet’ dictatorship. At one point, Bormann was there, as well as other prominent Nazis. After settling in their “new fatherland”, the German immigrants went busily to “work”, raping children, performing medical experiments on local orphans, and mercilessly torturing opponents of the fascist dictatorship. Of course, they did not emigrate only to Chile; after World War II, millions of European fascist émigrés poured into all corners of South America. The most prominent of them were shipped there with care by US and British intelligence services.
While Western propaganda keeps talking about illegal immigrants crossing into the US from Mexico, there is very little talk about those tens of millions of people who are continuously emigrating to Latin America from all over Europe, settling in Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and elsewhere. Before the latest wave of Latin American revolutions finally won equality and respect for the indigenous people of the continent, most European immigrants managed to implant a culture of deep racial and social segregation on the continent. In some places, for instance in Peru and Bolivia, the situation closely resembled that of South African apartheid. Until recently, European immigrants had been pushing the native population to extreme margins, stealing their land and making their cultures irrelevant. It was done all over Latin America and is still being done in many other parts of the world.
So, what are we going to do with those millions of Western immigrants?
Can we really afford having them in our countries? Can we accommodate them? Can we pay for their needs, for their aggressiveness and their wild and violent cultural and behavioral patterns? Can we allow them to take everything from those who have very little left?
Look left and right: the entire planet is full of Western immigrants. They are controlling diamond mines in South Africa as well as “conservancy areas” in Kenya. They are holding huge land expanses in Asia, and virtually all profitable commercial land and industry in Latin America.
And they keep coming and coming! They are unstoppable. Most of them are sick of their gray lives in Europe and North America. They are full of superiority complexes, but in reality, they would do anything to escape their loneliness, depression and emptiness at home.
In order to be able to stay legally in Southeast Asia, millions of Western male immigrants are marrying maids, go-go dancers, or even sex workers. But then they treat them with spite (as many of them don’t really know how else to behave towards people from other cultures). There are tens of thousands of former US GI’s, living in the villages of Northern Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. After bombing Southeast Asia into the stone age, they “could not cope” with the treatment they received after coming back home. And so they emigrated; they returned to the land they had already so thoroughly destroyed, poisoned and raped.
I met many of them while writing about this part of the world for many years. Some former GI immigrants were now totally broke, trying to borrow money from me and coming up with bizarre stories and schemes. Almost all of them felt spite for the local people, but were unable to return to their homeland because they had lost all contacts and skills that could allow them to live there. Some overstayed their visas, owing huge amounts of money in fines to the local authorities.
I’ve heard countless desperate stories. But, unlike those profound and heartbreaking stories told by the migrants from the countries destroyed by the West, the stories of the Western migrants were mainly selfish, centered on the desire to improve their lives or to escape unpleasant conditions in their countries of origin. Most of the time, their presence brought nothing positive to the countries where they managed to relocate.
In her iconic book “Karma Cola”, Indian writer Gita Mehta described, already a quarter of century ago, those millions of Westerners who have been flooding sub-Continent in search of “enlightenment”, alternative lifestyles and other mass-produced, Westernized cultural and religious trends. Many ended up as illegal migrants, rotting in ashrams and in bizarre communes, some even selling their passports in order to survive.
The world has been patient – I’d say too patient – with Western migrants!
This patience should end because of the brutality, even savagery, that Europe has recently demonstrated towards those desperate men, women and children who have been trying to escape from their impoverished or war-torn countries undermined by Western imperialism.
The world owes nothing to the West. To the contrary! Therefore, visa and immigration policies should be made reciprocal, which is exactly the approach of several Latin American countries.
Practically speaking, there are many more legal and illegal Western migrants living in Indonesia or Thailand than the other way around. The same goes for countries like Chile.
After horrible centuries during which Western colonialism and imperialism managed to destroy hundreds of millions of human lives in all corners of the world, Europe still dares to treat its desperate victims worse than animals. I recently witnessed its spite towards refugees arriving in Greece, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
And after what I saw, I feel indignant and appalled.
Enough is enough!
With its wars, destabilization campaigns, economic terror and its plunder of the planet, the West continues to demonstrate how low and brutal its culture really is. The “refugee crises” is just the latest chapter of the never-ending neo-colonialist horror show.
While European ships keep intercepting pitiful boats crammed with wrecked people who are fighting for their lives, while European armies are re-erecting border controls, several Latin American countries which are now governed by progressive governments, including Argentina and Chile, have been demonstrating tremendous moral superiority, solidarity and internationalism, by inviting and taking care of thousands of Syrian and Palestinian refugees and treating them with great dignity and kindness.
In one of the hotels in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in a bar late at night, I overheard a conversation between a visiting Swiss businessman and his Chilean counterpart:
“You know, those immigrants that we call ‘paperless’”, lamented the Swiss man. “It’s too many of them… too many! We should just throw them directly to the sea; we should drown them! We don’t need such scum in Europe.”
A few days earlier, my friend, an Ecuadorian government official based in Quito, told me a story:
“Lately, many Europeans keep coming to Ecuador and to other Latin American countries, searching for jobs, trying to migrate. Their economies are collapsing, but there is no humility when they come here, only arrogance. Another day, a Spaniard came to me applying for a job. I asked him for his CV. He looked at me with total outrage: ‘But I am a Spaniard!’ he shouted. ‘So what?’ I replied. ‘Those days are over, comrade; days when just being a white European man would be enough to land you a job anywhere in Latin America!’”
The non-Western world simply cannot afford to tolerate an annual influx of the millions of Western migrants! First, it gets attacked by the West, and then robbed, and in the end, is expected to tolerate enormous hordes of ruthless, locust-like, self-centered migrants who are trying to swallow what little is left behind by the Western corporations and governments.
Reciprocal visa regimes should be introduced. Legal frameworks should be strengthened to prevent corruption and speculation with land and real estate. Potential Western immigrants should be forced to prove that their presence would benefit the country where they want to settle, that their skills are really needed, just as all African and Asian immigrants are obliged to prove so when they want to settle in Europe, in North America or in Australia.
And once again: let us not forget that there are many more Western migrants trying to settle abroad, than there are people from poor countries applying for residency in the West.
An immigration crisis? Yes of course! But not really a “crisis” for the West.
Those who do not realize it should check the numbers.
Certainly, many of us understand how depressed many Westerners really are; how their lives in Europe and in North America are disagreeable, gray and confusing. We really understand how much they want to immigrate to a warmer part of the world. And if they would humbly admit what they feel, instead of demonstrating arrogance and superiority… if we could have it all in the open… if the same rules applied for everyone… if they would be the same for those who want to immigrate to Europe, to the US, to Asia, Africa or Latin America… then I am sure that at least some people would be willing to show them sympathy and consider accepting at least some of the most desperate Western migrants.
But there can be no sympathy if there is no justice. While Westerners are freely migrating wherever they desire, Europe is now deploying its military in order to intimidate, humiliate and to stop those mugged and tortured victims of Empire!
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”.Discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western Terrorism. Point of No Return is his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania – a book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.
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