26 May 2011

Immigrants and drug trafficking, politically incorrect?

Most of the unsavory right-wing political parties now close to or in power in the EU would not agree. They readily link immigration to all kinds of crime. Statistics about the ethnic make-up of prison populations are easy pickings for them because prisons are rarely full of respectable white Europeans.


Multicultural society hasn’t worked. At least that is what Mrs. Merkel tells us. It would be more accurate to say that at least two generations of politicians have made a shameful mess of it. For the last ten years the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs has laid siege to the nimbyism of the Member States on this issue, urging them to get real and come to grips with a phenomenon that can’t simply be  stopped, and to deal with it in a way that is most profitable to “us” and to “them”. Some progress has been made but the EU still lacks anything resembling a common immigration policy.


As with drug policy, there is a form of decriminalisation of (illegal) immigration going on, and for the same reasons: the problem is now beyond the control of the authorities. This leaves many immigrants in a legal and civic limbo and therefore cut off from mainstream society and its services. Many more established immigrants, even second or third generation, are parked in grim social housing with few facilities and with little hope for young people to get a job. Just one example: youth unemployment in one ofBrusselsinner city immigrant areas stands at 50%. The main landmark on the edge of this quarter is the Commission’s steel and glass tower that houses its communication services. Such areas are the main recruitment grounds for the large and inexhaustible army of small drug dealers, starting at around twelve years old or even younger. They have nowhere else to go.


In my next post I will argue that most states inEuropeare in denial about this issue and that it is one of the most potent arguments for reviewing current drug laws ina wider context, taking in immigration  and inner city policies.

10:49 Posted by Carel Edwards in Drugs and politics | Permalink | Comments (1) |  Facebook


I don't think we should point fingers to one another when it comes to drug trafficking. Each country has people who do that more or less. You can't just blame drug trafficking on immigrants.

Posted by: drug rehab centers in Texas | 09 July 2011

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