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The Surge in Illegal Migration to the Old Continent…

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Dr. George Kiourktsoglou

George Kiourktsoglou

The Surge in Illegal Migration to the Old Continent: a Formidable Challenge to the European Intelligence Apparatus by George Kiourktsoglou, Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London

Population transfers, a form of either directly or indirectly forced migration, have taken place throughout human history. In the early 13th century BC, the Assyrians used to deport insurgents, and four centuries later, the Hittites developed a structured policy of mass-displacement of conquered peoples (Bryce, 1999). Between 1300 and 1600 AC, the Ottoman Turks actively enforced migration of various ethnic groups within their empire, and in the second half of 20th century, masses of refugees emerged in Europe during and after the 2nd world war, in Indo-China after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and last but not least, in the Middle East in the 60s and early 70s.

However, nothing in human history compares to the tsunami of illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East that flooded southern Europe since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

The present commentary addresses this surging displacement of mainly Muslim populations to Europe within a context of national and supranational security. The author tries to make more graphic the formidable challenge to the European intelligence apparatus. The timeframe is not ‘tomorrow’, with the integration of the incoming illegal migrants still in process, but the ‘day after tomorrow’, when the newly ‘naturalised’ Europeans will be – hopefully – active parts of their host-societies.

Viewers can log on ebelow and read the very interesting findings that George Kiourktsoglou, a regular author on similar topics as ell as on Secuity, Piracy and Terrorism, is presenting:

The Surge in Illegal Migration to the Old Continent

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