Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has warned that Europe is being “invaded,” that white nations are “losing their character” through mass Third World immigration, and that the invasion needs to be turned back at the borders.
In addition, he said, Turkey’s leaders have urged Muslims to take back parts of Europe and among the invaders are “soldiers of the caliphate bent on mayhem.”
Making the direct comments during a speech to the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists—a group of conservative European parties—at their major annual meeting in Prague, Abbott asked, “why shouldn’t each country keep the final say over who can enter?”
“After all,” he said, “a country or a continent that can’t control who enters its territory will eventually lose control of its future.”
“Of course, it is a decent and a humane impulse to give a better life to people from wretched places.
“But once people have gone beyond their first place of safety, they’re not asylum seekers but would-be economic migrants,” Abbott said, the first major European leader to say this in public.
“But a million people coming by boat and almost a million people coming by land last year has the look of a peaceful invasion,” he continued.
“Some of Turkey’s leaders have even urged Muslims to take back parts of Europe; and among the would-be migrants are soldiers of the caliphate bent on mayhem.
“Many of those taking to boats across the Mediterranean or clamoring at Europe’s gates look set to join an angry underclass. Too many are coming, not with gratitude but with grievance, and with the insistence that Europe should make way for them.
“Over time, this becomes an existential challenge. And if Europe won’t meet it—as Brexit shows, as the reimposition of border controls show—individual countries will insist on dealing with it in their own way.”
He went on to say that “Europe’s navies must do their humanitarian duty and rescue people who might otherwise drown; but taking them onto Italy and Greece just guarantees that more will make this dangerous journey.
“So long as people think that arriving in Europe means staying in Europe… they will keep coming. Sending them to more European countries won’t solve the problem; it will just spread it around.
“People in no immediate danger have to be turned back at Europe’s borders,” he said. “People intercepted in the Mediterranean have to be returned to their starting point. This crisis can’t be managed; it has to be resolved.”
“Now Australia is an immigrant nation; we well appreciate that people from Africa and the Middle East have every reason to seek a better life—but they have no right to demand that Europe should provide it to them.”
Abbott then went on to detail how his administration in Australia had solved the problem of a seaborne invasion.
“That’s what Australia did, under my government: we stopped illegal boats at sea and escorted them back to Indonesian waters.
“If the boats were scuttled, we had big orange life rafts on hand so that people could safely return from whence they’d come.
“I knew the risks to our personnel; I knew the damage this would do to relations with Indonesia; I knew the outcry it would spark from well-meaning activists but it simply had to be done.
“Effective border protection is not for the squeamish, but it is absolutely necessary to save lives and to preserve nations.
“The truly compassionate thing to do is: stop the boats and stop the deaths—and, for more than two years now, there have been no illegal arrivals by boat in Australia and the drownings have stopped,” he said.
“Europe’s challenges are on a larger scale and the geography is different but with the right will and organization there is no reason why there could not be similar success.
“You have to match the conviction of those demanding entry with the greater conviction that you have a right to say ‘no.’ What’s needed is an end to self-doubt about the entitlement of European nations, individually and collectively, to keep their character.”