Opinion David Quinn

Friday 15 December 2017

EU needs to work out a generous migrant quota and then stick to it

A crush as migrants board a train in Budapest – the refugee crisis is confronting us with questions every bit as hard, challenging and divisive as those raised by the economic crash
A crush as migrants board a train in Budapest – the refugee crisis is confronting us with questions every bit as hard, challenging and divisive as those raised by the economic crash
David Quinn

David Quinn

The influx of the refugees into Europe is the greatest issue the continent has faced since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. Depending on how we respond to it, the refugee crisis has the potential to transform European politics, to transform the welfare state and to transform the societies in which we live.

There can be no hiding place. Sitting on this island of ours on the edge of the Atlantic, we imagine that the problem is as far away, as distant and remote as Adolf Hitler's takeover of the Sudetenland in 1938.

Angela Merkel doesn't see it that way. Germany has agreed to take in an incredible 800,000 asylum seekers this year, equal to 1pc of its population. Proportionately speaking, Sweden is doing something similar.

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