According to numbers from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), French taxpayers must foot around 10 billion euros per year to accommodate recent mass migration waves.
The cost of immigration is a controversial matter in French politics. Marine Le Pen’s populist National Rally (RN) party estimates that immigration could cost around 10 billion to 70 billion euros a year when factoring in other costs, according to a franceinfo report. This possibly includes housing, medical benefits, taking care of unaccompanied minors, and other social benefits for migrants. This also includes associated costs of asylum seekers and illegals.
A report from last month roughly estimated that each minor illegal migrant puts the French taxpayer on the hook for 50,000 euros per year. With 41,000 underage migrants in France, French taxpayers must foot a bill of two billion euros.
Although the OECD report says that migrants bring in four billion euros annually, these numbers will likely turn into large fiscal deficits as the inflow of migrants keeps growing annually.
Most of this growth has been noticeable in the number of asylum seekers in France. During the last several years, France has set various records in the number of asylum claims. In 2018, there were 123,000 asylum claims.
The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) highlighted that the largest number of asylum seekers in 2018 came from Afghanistan, which marked a 55 percent increase from the previous year.
Last week, the French parliament discussed the issue of immigration with French President Emmanuel Macron saying the country should not be “too attractive” for immigrants.
On the other hand, Marine Le Pen, has criticized Macron’s lax immigration measures and recently floated the idea of a national referendum on immigration reform.
“These are questions to which the French have the right to answer, have the right to be questioned because it’s been for the past 30 years that an immigration policy which is contrary to their will has been carried out,” Le Pen stated last month.
Beyond fiscal costs, there are legitimate social concerns when discussing the issue of immigration. Countries like France and the United Kingdom have witnessed the rise of migrant ghettoes thanks to unprecedented waves of mass migration. This facilitates the creation of ethnic enclaves that can impede assimilation and generate social strife.
Countries in the West will have to have frank discussions about immigration if they want to develop viable solutions that respect national integrity while also trying to attract immigrants who can add value to their new country of residence.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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