Ireland is expected to refuse entry to around 4,000 people this year.
Though we must retain control of our borders and the power to decide who does or does not stay in our country, many of these people will be homeless refugees. Despite the world’s escalating refugee crisis, or probably because of it, this no-entry figure has risen dramatically over the last three years. New legislation plays a significant role.
Immigration is the biggest issue facing Europe and our nightly glimpse at what hell might be like — Aleppo — suggests that it will escalate. Europe faces a huge humanitarian crisis and our contribution to resolving it, to sharing the burden, can hardly be described as admirable.
We promised the EU we would home 4,000 people and we put particular emphasis on accepting families and unaccompanied minors. Official figures show we have accepted just 300 refugees and only one unaccompanied minor. We are a rich country that imagines itself just and humane. Sadly, this pathetic performance refutes that delusion. To paraphrase one of history’s stinging lines: “No refugees need apply.”
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