With immigration being the big thing this week, there is more good news to report from Italy, which is moving under Salvini to finally control its borders:

“Italy has seen a radical drop in migrant arrivals in January under the migration policy of populist interior minister Matteo Salvini, down around 95 percent compared to January 2018. The interior minister compared the approach of the previous government under the left-wing Democratic Party of January 2018 with the populist coalition of the Five Star Movement and the League with Salvini saying, “the data shows that the Democratic Party had not blocked arrivals,” Il Giornale reports. The official data showed that 3,176 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy in January  2018 under the leadership of the Democratic Party which had told Italians they were actively working to reduce the number of landings and had reduced the number somewhat compared to 2017.”

     Socialist Spain has become a magnet for illegals, which shows that socialism in the West is a recipe for social chaos:

“The number of migrant sea arrivals in populist Italy, so far in 2018, is down 80 percent compared to last year, whilst surging by over 350 percent in the same period in socialist Spain. Over 57,500 illegal migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, compared to 112,375 over the same period last year, the UN Migration Agency said in a paper Tuesday. And as the number of clandestine crossings fell, deaths in the Mediterranean Sea more than halved, falling from 2,240 to 1,111. The significant fall is likely to be partly thanks to Italy’s new, populist government, which is fighting to end illegal crossings and to protect their borders. There were just 18,392 migrants arriving in Italy so far this year, 80.6 percent less than the same period last year. However, Spain, which has a new socialist government, has become the new main arrival-by-sea country in the Mediterranean. More than 22,800 migrants have arrived there since the beginning of the year, with 1,866 since the 25th of July alone.”

     China does not have an illegal migration problem. We need to be debating why that is so. Here is a sensible article from a Chinese journalist, that if written in Australia would produce howls of protests, even though Mr Chugani is spot on:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Anyone who’s been to the Statue of Liberty would have seen these famous words. The statue has long stood tall in New York Harbour as an icon of freedom for immigrants. But, as welcoming as the words are, they now belong to a bygone era. Can we, with all honesty, apply those words to the migrants sneaking illegally into the United States from the Mexican border? I think not. Likewise, it’s a stretch to apply the words to those flooding into Europe . From TV images at least, these migrants don’t look anything like tired and huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Many pouring into the US and Europe look healthy, able-bodied and young. Some may well be genuine refugees fleeing persecution but most are economic migrants, plain and simple. Why else would they choose only wealthy Western nations? Why don’t those sailing to Australia head instead to Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, or China?

Why don’t those crossing from Mexico to the US head south instead to Brazil, Argentina or Chile? And why don’t those sailing to western Europe go instead to the Ukraine, Russia or Poland? The short answer is they don’t want to live in those places and they know they will be shown the door anyway. It may be politically insensitive to say this but the migrant crisis has become a white man’s burden. Liberal democracy made it a moral duty for Western nations to do the right thing. Germany alone has taken in more than one million migrants in the past few years. These nations no longer want to shoulder the burden even if those fleeing are tired, poor, or yearning to be free. Their moral duty to be compassionate has long passed its sell-by date.”

     The more I read of the Chinese presses’ analysis of the West problems, the more I think our own mainstream journalists are a bunch of second-rate losers.