There is a push and a pull. There is the push from the conflict in the Arab world that is just building on the pressures from nations whose economic growth cannot keep pace with their population growth.
Crowded Western Europe cannot take the develping world's surplus non-Western populations.
What was once just warnings from the fringe is becoming mainstream.
Hungary is building a fence. Austria, Denmark and others are calling for border controls. The old European hope as felt by Chancellor Merkel simply will not work.
Fences, controls ... those are just two ways to address the pull. Now, even The Netherlands is making a step just a decade or two would have been considered fringe;
The Netherlands is set to impose new rules that would see asylum seekers cut off from food and shelter after “a few weeks” if their application is rejected.This is just a simple first step. More will follow.
While Germany opened up its doors to make it easier for those arriving at its borders and France criticised Hungary over its new 110-mile razor wire fence, the Dutch government was going in a different direction.
From November, any migrant who refused refugee status or humanitarian protection will be given less than a month before they are deported or told to fend for themselves.
As part of the measures, the government wants to shut down 30 regional “bed, bath and bread” centres where asylum seekers can find shelter, regardless of the status of their application.
Just yesterday, the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman said.
“Of course I would wish for the EU to strengthen its borders, but I don’t see any real action,” Zeman told reporters in Prague castle on Monday. “Therefore I believe the Czech Republic should take of its borders alone and expel illegal immigrants from the borders, including with the use of the army.”