Russian writer at Bloomberg: Hungarians are xenophobic and old

And, according to Leonid Bershidsky writing at Bloomberg, they better get with it because they will demographically die if they don’t admit young Muslim migrant workers.

That is the gist of a too long opinion piece at Bloomberg.  I’ve snipped just a bit of the article entitled:

Hungary Is Winning Its War on Muslim Immigrants


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Is Hungarian Zoltan Kovacs “xenophobic” or a realistic observer of the present and past!



Orban’s Hungary… fiercely against a certain kind of immigrant.

“We’ve been living next to Islam and with Islam for 500 years and we know it’s not going to integrate,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told me in an interview this week. “We treat it as a civilizational problem.”

According to Kovacs, Muslim immigrants create “parallel societies” in the European countries that receive them, and Hungarians want none of that. Indeed — though it may be the result of relentless government propaganda — according to a 2016 Pew Research study, 72 percent of Hungarians have a negative view of Muslims in their country, compared with the EU average of 43 percent.

Sounding exasperated Bloomberg writer Bershidsky opines as he wraps up with this:

The best other European countries can do is demonstrate that Muslim immigrants can be successfully integrated to society’s benefit. It’s a long game, but if it goes well, hard evidence will eventually convince those who don’t understand yet that, unaided, Europe’s aging demographics are unsustainable.

And, my response: what if  Muslim integration doesn’t go well elsewhere in Europe (it doesn’t show promise now!)? It is a big IF!

And, frankly given a choice of dying via an aging proud Hungarian population and dying by becoming a Muslim/Sharia dominant country, I would take the former over the latter.  Wouldn’t you!

Read it all here (if you feel like it!).

My ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive is here.

6 thoughts on “Russian writer at Bloomberg: Hungarians are xenophobic and old

  1. Huh. Seems like he’s the same kind of hyphenated-Russian who sold alcohol on credit to poor peasants, conducted the Bolshevik revolution, and ruined the Russian economy through corrupt privatization in the 1990s.

    We really should consider whether we accept these particular hyphenated Russians. The good ones go to Israel and are very good aggressive nationalists there. Perhaps they would not be as good here, but they’d certainly be better than the ones we accept.


  2. Oh Really? The Hungarians are Xenophobic, but the Russians are not? How come the Russians aren’t taking in thousands of Muslim refugees ?????? Russia’s history of their dealings with Jews and Gypsies and Gays, is no different that that of Nazi Germany !!!


  3. The (false) premise behind this tired argument is that we need rising populations. In the age of automation, we “need” fewer people than ever before in history. That is occurring naturally in advanced societies.

    Keep up the great work, Ann. You are a fountain of information.


  4. Sounds like they’re taking talking points from Minnesota Public Radio reporters. We’re just xenophobic and old and they just need to wait us out.


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