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Migrants: the borders are closing

By Gwynne Dyer      

One factor aggravating the situation in Europe is that only a few of the EU’s 28 countries are carrying almost all of the burden: Italy, Spain, and Greece, where the migrant boats arrive, and Germany, which took in almost a million migrants in the single year of 2015.

Under German Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership, Germany took in almost a million migrants in the single year of 2015. That generous act is probably what cost Chancellor Angela Merkel a clear victory in last year’s election and forced her to cobble together a shaky coalition instead, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

LONDON, U.K–There are actually fewer migrants crossing the Mediterranean and landing in European Union countries this year than in any other recent year: only 37,000 so far, although the flow will increase with good summer weather. But they are nevertheless the “last straw” as far as some EU countries are concerned. Patience is running out.

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