The book America alone paints a bleak picture for Europe and Canada. Europe and the United States are having problems with low fertility rates. The problem in Steyn's view is the preponderance of Social safety nets and high expectations.
The problem is more complicated than mere safety nets. We have become a spoiled society where we must have every conveniece and electronic gadget. It is an easier life where one can jet around the globe and buy second homes than to raise children.
Even in states with subsidized day care, health care, higher education the fertility
The truth is Muslims are able to live with less. The generous European safety nets provide a more comfortable life than their home country. They also have plenty of free time for religious activities of all kind. There are no cutoffs of aid and this can go on indefinately.
The question of dependency never enters the Socialist mindset. People who work do not have time to riot or wage Jihad. The left also talks about compassion but a subsistence paycheck is not compassion. A real joib created by economic growth is compassion.
Steyn also points out that European Muslims are more agitated than their counterparts in Yemen. Their counterparts in Yemen have to work very hard to survive.
In many cases men leave their families behind in Yemen or Pakistan but have six kids there where it is cheaper. There is no need to do this in Europe as the welfare state
makes having kids in Europe easier.
The reality is that in America the birth rate is low for many reasons. The costs of housing, health care and education are all very high. The era of job stability isn't what it used to be unless one is a government employee. Small companies go in and out of business and work on tight margins. Easy divorce law makes marriage a risky proposition. I am surounded by coworkers who are divorced with kids male and female.
They all have various problems from dead beat spouses to spouses that use the kids as hostages. A divorce with children involved is a lifetime issue. Both halves of the divorced couples have to work harder to make ends meet.
Steyn is correct the world has changed. Will the person in my job be seeing ethnic Germans and Italians leaving sharia just like the Christians of the Middle East fifty years from now. My guess is that the soft Euros will adapt to Sharia just as they did Communism and Nazism.