The numbers that emerge are stark. The increase in Africa’s population alone is set to be 1.3 billion by 2050,
about two-and-a-half times the entire population of the EU today. Put
another way, the number of people in Africa and western Asia is expected
to increase by over 110,000 every single day for decades to come.
Such figures put into perspective a crisis caused by the arrival of
several thousand migrants a day. What we have seen in recent months is
only a hint of what might happen next, mere gusts of wind before the
approach of a hurricane. The implications for European countries are immense and clear. First,
it is obvious that any approach signalling an open door to migration, as in the case of Germany in recent months,
will rapidly prove to be unsustainable. That means it is better not to
send that signal in the first place, a rare but major blunder by Angela
Merkel. There need to be strict limits on migrant numbers from now on.
Second, the Schengen zone can only survive at all if there is a massive
strengthening of its external borders – otherwise one country after
another will close its own borders, not for a few days at a time, but