Syria -- 23
Iraq -- 22
Afghanistan -- 18
Somalia -- 18
And the median age of the populations of the four European nations that have most eagerly played catcher for these pitcher countries:
Germany -- 46
Sweden -- 41
France -- 41
Great Britain -- 40
Westerners, WEIRDOs that we are, tend to operate within an egalitarian democratic framework when thinking about things like population flows, but age considerations can dramatically change what the consequences of those flows are for posterity. Most (white) Europeans in these catcher countries are past the age of procreation. The new arrivals, in contrast, are stampeding in at peak fertility. These new arrivals will be reaching middle age--having long since spawned broods of their own more fortunate than the poor Kurdish boy--when those middle-aged white Europeans constituting the statistical middle referenced above start dying off.
|Sure, you can have the master bedroom when I die.|
Um, why are you looking at that steak knife so intently?
Look at all this nice stuff we have for you! We don't have kids of our own, so we want you to take it! You may not have the slightest idea how to maintain what's been produced, but don't worry, there is a lot of ruin in what we've built! Enjoy!