European response to migration has been fragmented. Germany’s Angela Merkel opened the borders to offer the hand of friendship to thousands of refugees fleeing war in the Middle East. The UK voted (37% of the electorate) to leave the EU in a referendum prompted by scare stories of unlimited emigration from Europe. The refugee camp in Calais known as ‘the Jungle’ was forcibly cleared by French police and Islamophobia was fuelled by recent terror attacks across Europe.
Economic migrants and refugees are dispersed around Europe. Turkey secured a deal with the EU to act as a holding station for refugees. The situation is a continuing tale of suffering for families whose homes have been destroyed and family members killed in the ongoing conflicts.
There are millions of European voters who oppose immigration on nationalist/racist grounds. Here is a link describing the far right parties in Europe.
Fear of the foreigner has been used for political advantage for centuries. Immigration has shaped our culture, contributed to our prosperity and enriched our society. Waves of invaders have redrawn borders across Europe since Roman times. Medieval Europe emerged from the dark ages thanks to the contribution made by the Islamic colonisation of Europe.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)