'The Camp of the Saints' warning of immigration influx realized 50 years later

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7 October 2023
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Fifty years ago, in 1973, the French author Jean Raspail released a then seemingly far-fetched novel titled “The Camp of the Saints,” which portrayed a massive influx of immigrants to France and Europe. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, the narrative feels eerily prescient as countries like Italy and Poland grapple with real immigration pressures.

The powerhouse countries of Germany and France tend to set the agenda on the immigration issue, while countries like Poland and Italy find themselves responding to events rather than shaping them. Recent weeks have seen this topic heat up, especially in Italy, where the island of Lampedusa has become a flashpoint. The island is inundated with migrants arriving in large numbers on boats from the African mainland. Meanwhile, a film titled “Green Border” has stirred controversy in Poland, by portraying its border guards as ruthless enforcers for a quasi-fascistic government...


Unfortunately, at this time, the English translation of The Camp of the Saints is out of print.

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Your universe has no meaning to them. They will not try to understand. They will be tired, they will be cold, and they will make a fire with your beautiful oak door.
- Jean Raspail

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