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Is the West Being Overrun by Migrants?

MIN READSep 7, 2016 | 08:15 GMT

What was it about the Germanic migrations to the Roman Empire that make them so different from today's Arab and Mexican migrations to Europe and the United States?

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Are the barbarians at the gates? Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, has no doubt that they are. "Without any action," she told a rally at Amiens last year, "the migratory influx will be like the barbarian invasion of the fourth century, and the consequences will be the same." That would be bad. According to St. Orientus of Auch, who lived through the original event, "Throughout villages and farms, throughout the countryside and crossroads, and through all districts, on all highways leading from this place or that, there was death, sorrow, ruin, fires, mourning."...

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