The odyssey of Flemming Rose

May 29, 2006

The editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, and publisher of the famous Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, has penned an interesting and thought-provoking essay in RealClearPolitics.

He contributes a valuable insight into the difference between the impact of immigration on Europe and the United States. In the US, he points out, despite the current furore about their illegal status, immigrants from Central America pay their way through hard work and taxes — to the point where the very industriousness of the illegal entrants is now essential to the economic well-being of their host society. This situation does not prevail in Europe. Why?

While it can be argued that the fast-growing community of about 20 million Muslim immigrants in Europe is the equivalent of America’s new Hispanic immigrants, the difference in their productivity and prosperity is staggering. An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study in 1999 showed that while immigrants in the United States are almost equal to native-born workers as taxpayers and contributors to American prosperity, in Denmark there is a glaring gap of 41 percent between the contributions of the native-born and of the immigrants. In the United States, a laid-off worker gets an average of 32 percent compensation for his former wages in welfare services; in Denmark the figure is 81 percent. A culture of welfare dependency is rife among immigrants, and taken for granted.

Read the whole thing.

(Via Pub Philosopher.)



  1. Interesting article, especially his reasons for publishing the cartoons. I liked his analysis for the reasons of the problems facing Europe with immigrants too.

  2. Get back to work here at BPOV, Rob.

  3. Thanks for visiting, Mindy.

    And C.L., what meanest thou?

  4. Just encouraging your return.


    (Says I – increasingly holiday-prone blogger that I am).

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