When will the right wisen up about the Channel crossings?

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by Martin Odoni

This week’s tragedy in the English Channel has once again brought the ongoing refugee crisis back into the news. It is the problem across Europe that everyone has gotten so used to that most of us have quite ceased to be concerned about whether it is solved. Paradoxically, the only ones who remain concerned – for all the worst reasons – are the far right. They remain awake at night in their beds, convinced a handful of brown persons are about to detonate the country in a series of suicide bombings. Therefore they want the refugees just to go away.

For the rest of us, perhaps to our shame, perhaps just because there are too many other horrible things going on for us to keep processing everything, the refugees have rather faded into the background. They remain in France and Germany, some of them now emerging as…

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