By Beppe Severgnini, Nov. 4 2015 (LINK to article)
"Italy is aging. It needs new people . . . "So why don’t we [welcome refugees and migrants]?"Because Italy, like Europe (especially western Europe) as a whole, is already overpopulated, and for sustainability's sakes needs a smaller rather than a larger population.
There is also the fact that non-European immigrants are either of very different culture and history than native Europeans (especially Muslims), and/or of different RACE. Thus, allowing large numbers of them to resettle in Europe is a recipe for ethnic conflict, which we have had enough of in the past, and could rather do without in the future.
On the method to the madness of post-racial society and ideology (which the NYT is so keen to promote): LINK.