Britain’s Paradoxical Migration Policy

“Britain Tries to Deter Migrants, Even as It Lets More in,” from the New York Times:

It may be the dreamed-of destination for many migrants in the wave now traveling through Europe, but Britain remains among the stingiest of European countries toward asylum seekers, and is even planning new measures to deter the flow of people determined to come here.

British policy has been altered in recent days to make room for more refugees, reflecting the intense crosscurrents of the European debate over how to balance humanitarian response against an array of opposing forces, from domestic politics and budget concerns to nationalism and race.

Pressured by public outrage over the photographs of a drowned Syrian boy on a Turkish beach, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Monday to take in 20,000 more refugees from Syria over five years — a commitment that was described as a “very slim response” by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, especially as France promised to accept 24,000 over the next two years and Germany talked of taking 500,000 a year…

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