In occasion of the Hungarian-Italian summit of conservative think tanks held in Budapest on October 16, the presentation of the Magyar translation of "Immigrazione. Le ragioni dei populisti" by Daniele Scalea and an interview on the portal of the Center for Fundamental Rights with the president of the Centro Studi Machiavelli was taken up by the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet. Here is a translation of the article.

From 2018 to 2019, Daniele Scalea served as special adviser on immigration and terrorism to Deputy Foreign Minister Guglielmo Picchi, and is the founding president of the Centro Studi Machiavelli. His latest book was presented this week at the Center for Fundamental Rights. In the book "Immigrazione. Le ragioni dei populisti" Scalea suggests that, contrary to what human rights activists claim, the populist right is correct in every way about the dangers of migration. In an interview with the conservative Hungarian portal, the author also pointed out that mass immigration could actually lead to an increase in the number of terrorists in Europe.

Daniele Scalea said in the interview that the work, supported by the latest data, aims to raise awareness of the real effects and results of mass immigration, which he believes serves population exchange, which is why it is also supported by the left. "Mass and unregulated immigration is very costly both socially and economically, especially for the middle and lower classes," he said. The book also explains why the neo-Marxist left believes it is so important to implement the project of multiculturalism, which actually means ethnic replacement. Scalea's theses were also recently supported by the British Home Secretary: previous asylum rules are completely outdated and are currently only good for economic migrants who leave in the hope of a better life, abusing international law. According to statistics, only one-fifth of those arriving on the continent are genuine refugees. "The problem is that asylum regulations are completely outdated because they were created in the 1950s and 1960s, when the means of transportation were completely different. At a time when it was unimaginable for millions of people to move every year from one continent to another. However, that is the reality these days. "Last year, one million people applied for asylum in the European Union, about forty percent of them actually received some kind of protection, and less than half of that forty percent were recognized as refugees." The other half of the forty percent, or twenty percent of migrants, benefit from the additional protection invented by the European Union. This means that these people are not real refugees, they are not fleeing persecution or war. So, of the million people who come here and seek asylum, only twenty percent are real refugees. What is happening is that hundreds of thousands of people who are actually economic migrants are taking advantage of the rules created for those who are actually persecuted says Scalea.

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The Italian analyst believes integration and assimilation of immigrants is unlikely because migrants move to neighborhoods where they can find their own group and do not come into contact with native citizens, which hinders assimilation. In addition, Scalea pointed out that the percentage of crimes committed by migrants in criminal statistics is also extremely high. There is a lack of those forms of social control or self-control inspired by the fact that your neighbor is your nation, someone who looks like you, someone who shares the same religion as you, the author said.

The destabilization of the Middle East may be a big problem for Europe as well, because the Arab states in the region will not accept Palestinians, many of whom are terrorists or people who sympathize with terrorist organizations, "A lot more people will come, also because countries like Egypt, the Gulf countries, Jordan are not as naïve as European states. They don't want Palestinian refugees not only for economic and social reasons, but also because they know for a fact that if they let in these people en masse, who are the same people who elected Hamas, they will also accept Islamic Jihad fighters. Thus concludes Daniele Scalea's grim conclusion, who also warns that this process could lead to an increase in the number of terrorists in Europe.

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Founder and President of Centro Studi Machiavelli. Graduated in Historical Sciences (University of Milan) and PhD in Political Studies (Sapienza University), he is professor of "History and doctrine of jihadism" and "Geopolitics of the Middle East" at Cusano University. From 2018 to 2019 he was Special Advisor on Immigration and Terrorism to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Guglielmo Picchi. His latest book (as editor) is Topicality of sovereignism. Between pandemic and war.