refugee numbers are beginning to be large enough to be a not insignificant impact on the populations of Europe => a new “peopling of Europe”
routes being travelled now = routes that used for the peopling of Europe in the neolithic
- Neanderthals probably retreated westwards <= hunter gatherers from central Asia arrived
- paleolithic > movement of peoples westwards into Europe
- along the westward moving front > “admixture” events between Neanderthals + modern humans
- advent of agriculture
- invasion of the nomadic Yamnaya culture around 5,000 years ago > about 4,000 years ago overrun by the warlike Sintashta.
Compared to the population of Europe of 740 million (500 million in the EU), the total refugee numbers of some 400,000 are not large enough to talk about “invasions” or being “over-run”. (In the short-term numbers may, of course, be locally overwhelming). But the routes being travelled now are the same routes that were used for the peopling of Europe in the neolithic. Neanderthals probably retreated westwards as the hunter gatherers from central Asia arrived. They had been absorbed and were long gone as a separate “race” by the time the 2 main agricultural waves arrived.
And now the refugee numbers are beginning to be large enough to be a not insignificant impact on the populations of Europe. It could well be a new “peopling of Europe”. Or it could turn out to be not so large or important. But history will probably show that the migrations of peoples into Europe in the early 22nd century…
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