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Europe Moves in Parallel to U.S. to Manage Immigration

from The Wall Street Journal,

Migration challenges spur tighter rules on both sides of the Atlantic.

The U.S. and Europe face migration challenges at their borders that differ in origin but result in the same political problem: how to stop illegal arrivals while meeting demands for the humane treatment of migrants. Immigration to the U.S. and Europe isn’t at historically high levels—in fact, Europe’s illegal border crossings are down 95% compared with the peak of the 2015 migrant crisis. Then, more than one million people, mostly from Syria and Iraq, entered the continent. In the U.S., the number of people apprehended or turned away at the border has gradually decreased over the past decade, from some 800,000 in 2008 to half as many last year.

Yet on both sides of the Atlantic, politicians who describe migrants as a security and social risk have grown more powerful. The response has been to toughen immigration policies aimed at reducing the number of incoming people, rather than at addressing integration issues for the migrants who have already arrived.

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