The president of the Czech Republic has issued an urgent warning about letting in too many Muslim immigrants.
Milos Zeman is the first directly elected president in Czech. He was voted in on a platform of opposing Europe’s lax immigration laws.
Over the weekend, he pointed out that most of the millions of Muslims that have entered Europe have refused to integrate.
Zeman stressed that he is not racist, and was glad for the Vietnamese immigrants who had successfully integrated into Czech society.
But Middle East Muslims are different.
“Look across Europe and wonder to what extent Muslim migrants were able to integrate,” he said. “You will learn about the so-called no go areas and ‘excluded neighborhoods.'”
Currently, Czech has only taken in very limited numbers of Syrian refugees and other Muslim migrants. And Zeman is looking to keep it that way.
A year ago, Zeman called the migration of Muslims from the Middle East an “organized invasion.”
He said that if Syrians and Iraqis truly wanted a better future, they must take up arms against ISIS rather than flee their homes.
Zeman insisted that Muslim and European cultures are simply too different to be compatible:
“The experience of western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible. Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe.”