This is part two of my three part series on Janice Atkinson’s recent publication, Migrant Crime Wave: The EU Cover-Up Revealed.
The far-right have always tried to get followers by taking small grains of truth that has been blown out of context to exaggerate or invent problems as a means to scare people into adopting pro-white nationalist views.
Whenever you see something that sounds hysterical, be a good media consumer and fact-check content to understand its real context. It has never been easier to, yet almost nobody does.
France and most of Europe is still quite safe. It is not perfect, but we are far from the crime-infested islamised hellhole which Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer portray it out to be.
Let’s begin on the subject at hand.
A migrant is any person who voluntarily moves to another country or region for economic, political or cultural reasons. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are three different statuses that do not cover the same rights.
There are no official statistics on the number of Muslims in French prisons. The only figure prison administration could give was 25.8% of prisoners requesting special meals during Ramadan in 2017.
The trajectories and origins survey, jointly conducted by INED and INSEE, has identified only the adults in France who call themselves Muslim, and we get a figure of 2.1 million people, which is not 8% of the population.
French prison officials blame the high numbers on the poverty of people who have moved here from North Africa in recent decades: “Many immigrants arrive in France in difficult financial situations,” said Jeanne Sautière, director of integration and religious groups for the French prison system. “The most important thing is there is no correlation between Islam and delinquency. The reason is due to segregation.”
This website proves that these delinquency factors are known, studied and recognised throughout the world. This article is long, but deserves to be read in its entirety immigration and crime are not related (French).
The delinquency is not caused by immigration itself, but economic conditions unfavourable to immigrant populations. The article stigmatises France for its intolerance towards the practices of Islam, whether in the ordinary world; or in prison.
If there is a lack of viable opportunity for people to make something of themselves within the system, then some sizable portion will seek out opportunities in criminality.
A person can apply for asylum using false documents (passport, visa) as soon as they arrive at the border.
Under Article 14 of the 1948 Universal declaration of human rights, everyone has the right to seek asylum and the 1951 Refugee Convention prohibits states from imposing penalties on those entering ‘illegally’ who come directly from a territory where their life or freedom is threatened.
The UNHCR emphasises that a person who has a well-founded fear of persecution should be viewed as an asylum seeker and not labelled an ‘illegal immigrant’ as the very nature of persecution means that their only means of escape may be via illegal entry and the use of false documentation.
Asylum seekers do not break any laws as Article 31 of the Refugee Convention clearly states that asylum seekers should not be penalised for arriving without valid travel documents. What may be considered an illegal action under normal circumstances (e.g. entering a country without a visa) should not, according to the Convention, be considered illegal if a person is seeking asylum.
International law make these exceptions because it is not always safe or even possible for them to obtain travel documents or travel through authorised channels. They are, by definition, people fleeing persecution and in most cases are being persecuted by their own governments. In order to protect lives at risk, an exception is made.