Leons Taivans (University of Latvia, Riga) “Large Scale Immigration from the Middle East: Risks and Disadvantages”


The co-existence of Islam and European population doesn’t mean only terror. We are convinced by numerous pundits again and again that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. Independent observers have concluded a long time ago that September 11, 2001 created mixed emotions in the Muslim world. There was pride that Muslims were able to blow up the twin towers in New York – a symbol of American financial and economic power. Grief was felt in much lesser degree, if any: Finally the victims were aliens, not Muslims, nor their relatives or compatriots.

Who is leading the Muslim communities, who are the spiritual leaders, who formulates the religious slogans at this moment? The answer to these burning questions would be helpful when trying to solve the problems of large scale immigration from the countries in the Middle East.