As Europeans struggle to find answers to the economic crisis’, a rising anti-immigrant rhetoric has been gaining momentum. In many of the European nations, anti-immigration parties have seen significant growth in recent elections. () These parties, usually found on the far right of the political spectrum, claim immigration is part of Europe’s problem. UKIP, the far right party in the United Kingdom, is one of these parties that have seen significant increase in recent elections. UKIP claims that
The rhetoric from European nations have become bleak. In the Netherlands these unemployed second generation immigrants are seen to be taking advantage of the system, by receiving unemployment benefits from the government.
The guest worker programs were initially designed to be temporary. These immigrants were recruited to work in the factories, mines, and hard labor jobs. According to some historians, “they (the immigrants) were treated badly, but they had no expectations” (). The economic difficulties that brought about these guest worker programs did stimulate economic growth and advancement as was hoped. The economies of Western Europe grew astonishingly quick and the infrastructures were quickly re-built in large part due to these immigrants.
However, as stated earlier, many immigrants decided economic potential and social increase was higher in the Western European countries that they helped restore and re-build. The first generation was recruited to work in the mines and mills; they were treated badly, but they had no expectations. They did have hopes for their children, and the children have been treated no better by society. The second generation is very angry. Many of them see no hope. They drop out of school, get involved with crime and drugs.”
Examining the question, what are the major obstacles to integrating non-European immigrants in the various European, is a very tall, messy, business. Mistakes from the past and mistakes from the present and the ramifications and consequences of these mistakes are hard to distinguish , and