In the recent debate about the refugee crises in Europe, the whole focus has been on numbers – how many and where.
Last week, an emergency EU meeting failed to agree to allocate 120,000 refugees within a population of more than 300 million.
That is shameful – the numbers represent four refugees for each 1,000 EU citizens.
Despite the numerical insignificance, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary all closed their borders, which is ironical as these are the countries benefiting most from the open borders within the EU.
Now their action, formerly criticised, has been sanctioned by Germany, which closed its own borders last week.
This indicates that the real problem is not in numbers.
Unless we provide help for settlement and adjustment for both the refugees and the indigenous population, we will not solve the refugee crises.
We have to recognise Europe’s obligation on one hand and Europe limitation on the other: according to the UN, there are 60 million refugees worldwide.
Clearly, we cannot accept all of them, but our acceptance of some of them does give us a moral right to participate in the solution for all.