Commentary Migration now is a political topic

A migrant is not necessarily a Muslim

Demographic analysis shows that migration is really a thing and that EU’s criticism of post-communist countries regarding migration is unjustified.

The Czech population increased by almost 28 thousand citizens between January and September this year, out of which 26 thousand are immigrants. These immigrants came largely from Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. That shows that when the EU criticizes post-communist countries for rejecting migrants, it's criticizing these countries for rejecting Muslims. Many European countries are in fact not opposed to cross-border migration itself, much less the legal kind.

As of September 30, the population of the Czech Republic stood at 10,637,794. This figure shows that the Czech population has not changed significantly in the last one hundred years. It has merely fluctuated due to historical events such as the First and Second World War, the Holocaust, and the post-war expulsion of ethnic Germans. Today, the population of the Czech Republic is roughly where it was before the Great War.

The structure of those numbers, however, deserves greater attention. Migration is now a political topic and a moral baton for states that are actually or allegedly opposed to mass migration. These include the Czech Republic and not only because the country did not join the UN Migration Pact.

However, the current demographic data shows that the Czech population increased by 27,739 inhabitants from January to the end of September, of which only 1,679 were due to birth rates and 26,060 due to immigration. Does that pose a problem? These people came mainly from Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Post-communist - as well as other - European states oppose the mass immigration of Muslims, and they know why. But as the numbers now show, they do not oppose cross-border migration as such, much less the legal one.