Giles Merritt, Friends of Europe | June 25, 2008
Firmly anchored in their identities of the past, European countries are having difficulties in integrating waves of non-European immigrants. ++ Eurostat estimates an influx of 40 million new immigrants between now and 2050. ++ Despite these growing cultural tensions, Europe desperately needs supplements for its shrinking workforce. ++ Social welfare programs are being cut as experts are left puzzled as to how a stagnating birthrate can support the booming number of retirees. + At this point, Europe actually needs even more than immigration.