Migrants exhaust European budgets and bring waves of organised crime

Summary

Europe is being infused with foreign values when they accept migrants, values like multiculturalism and demographic change.  [Migrants] exhaust European budgets and bring waves of organised crime. All of this has damaged Europe.

Disproof

A claim supported by no evidence, in line with the Islamisation of Europe disinformation narrative; most studies on this issue have found either no link between migration and crime rates, or found links that could at best be described as tenuous.

This type of claim is part of a recurrent Russian narrative against migration and multiculturalism portraying migrants and refugees as a great source of danger. See here and here for examples.

As for exhausting the budget, a 2017 EU report found that the negative impact of asylum-applicants on EU budgets are only short-term and once the asylum-applicants are integrated in the labour market, they in fact offer social, economic and budgetary gains.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: , , Arabic
  • Country: Europe
  • Keywords: migration, Refugees
  • Outlet: Newsmaker@RT Arabic Time 7:45 to 8:15
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukrainian statehood and the West's strategy of encircling Russia.

Ukraine is a sovereign state and not controlled by any foreign government. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by the Western countries but were violated by Russia in 2014. Ukraine is an independent state with a democratically elected president and Parliament.

OSCE says there has never been Russian weapons in Eastern Ukraine

With regards to a specific stance on south-eastern Ukraine, we must rely on the conclusions of the “Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe”, which has stated, more than once, that there has never been heavy Russian weaponry in this region. 

Disproof

Denying the presence of Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Moreover, claims that the OSCE did not find evidence of Russian presence in eastern Ukraine goes against statements of the former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug. It is not the first time that such claims have been made 

In an interview, delivered in Autumn 2018, Hug mentions that the Mission has been recording the instances of Russia's involvement in the war in Donbas (in Eastern Ukraine). "We have been seeing at least in six instances convoys leaving and entering Ukraine, which we have been documenting, which have been driving towards the unsecure border with the Russian Federation in the middle of the night, on dirt roads, and have been seen at the unsecure border at areas where there is no official border crossing," Hug said.  

European Council sanctions are irrational and unjustified

We must remember that the European Council is imposing irrational and unjustified sanctions on us [Russia]. 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming both that international sanctions against Russia are not justified (see similar cases here and here) and that they produce no negative effects on Russia (similar cases here, here and here).

All EU sanctions against Russia were imposed after major illegal actions by the Russian Federation, or against persons that have directly threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.