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In a recent reversal, Sweden now says it will deport half of its 160,000 migrants, Finland plans to deport two-thirds of its 32,000 migrants and Germany intends to deport all migrants who arrived under false pretenses - a number that could total many hundreds of thousands - as well as all migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, which Germany now deems "safe" countries because they are not at war.
Most countries in Europe, in fact, are now cracking down on migrants from Muslim countries, raising the possibility of a modern-day expulsion that rivals that of the 16th and 17th centuries, when Spain, to its shame, not only ethnically cleansed its territories of all Muslims but also of their descendants who had converted to Christianity.
The sea change in attitude among Europe's political leadership - mere weeks ago, many of them insisted that they must open their doors even wider on humanitarian grounds - followed mass sexual assaults in European cities on New Year's Eve. Although government officials and the mainstream press initially tried to cover up the extent of the wrong-doing - an estimated 1,000 Muslims in Cologne alone participated in "Taharrush," a practice of encircling, groping and sometimes raping women - the extent of the assaults led to a fire-storm of outrage on social media that forced both the mainstream media and the politicians to acknowledge the problems and reverse course.