Europe needs more mass migration from the Global South because it “enriches our cultures and societies”, according to Leo Varadkar, who announced he will import more asylum seekers to Ireland after meeting Hillary Clinton.
Speaking days after a meeting with senior EU figures in Dublin, the globalist taoiseach (prime minister) committed to resettling a greater number of illegal immigrants stuck in Greece and Italy in Ireland than the batch of 4,000 already agreed.
According to the Irish Independent, he said the gesture is about “solidarity and burden-sharing”, and as a way of repaying the support the European Commission has given Ireland over Brexit negotiations.
“We are in favour of the European Commission proposals to ensure that all countries share in taking refugees and we’re willing to do that.
“We’ve already given a commitment to accept 4,000 and they’re mostly coming from Italy and Greece; [although] that number is yet to arrive,” he said.
“So we haven’t set a new figure as yet but in principle we’re willing to contribute to all of them,” he added, telling the Independent that his government is willing to participate in “more burden-sharing which would involve accepting migrants” and “making financial contributions”.
“On balance, migration is a good thing. Europe needs migration,” Varadkar claimed. “It enriches our cultures and societies.”
He did admit that uncontrolled migration can have downsides — namely the fact that it “has given rise to far-right and nationalist/populist forces across Europe, and that has to be a bad thing”.
In addition to the meeting with Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Varadkar also held an “informal discussion” with failed 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.
The 70-year-old Democrat was “in Dublin on business and paid a courtesy call to the Taoiseach”, according to a spokesman for the Irish leader, who said the pair “had a wide-ranging chat on a range of issues including world affairs and gender equality”.
With a chronic housing crisis which has seen rents soar 70 per cent in the past decade, the Irish government could struggle to find accommodation for the 4,000 migrants it had previously agreed to resettle.
As Breitbart London reported last month, the Irish Red Cross has urged homeowners to pledge spare bedrooms to house migrants, and called on property owners to offer up second homes, holiday homes, and any other vacant properties to the cause.
Varadkar’s government, which earlier this year was criticised for paying journalists to write positive stories about its plans to boost the nation’s small population by another million, in part through mass migration, last month announced a pilot project allowing businesses to import low-skilled, low-wage workers from outside Europe.
Despite Eurostat estimates of there being more than 17 million men and women in the EU who are unemployed, business minister Heather Humphreys insisted the scheme allowing “workers in the horticulture, meat processing, and dairy sectors from non-EEA countries to access the labour market” was necessary to deal with “emerging labour shortages”.