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How heartwarming it is to land in Germany, where football fans hold up banners welcoming refugees from the war-ravaged Middle East.While politicians in the United Kingdom and other countries wring their hands and explain why even a relatively minor influx of Syrians, Libyans, Iraqis or Eritreans constitutes a lethal danger to the social fabric of their societies, "Mama Merkel" promised that Germany would not reject any genuine refugee.Some 800,000 refugees are expected to enter Germany this year, whereas British Prime Minister David Cameron is making a fuss about fewer than 30,000 asylum applications and warning darkly about "swarms of people" crossing the North Sea. In fact, despite its politicians' anxious rhetoric, the United Kingdom is a more ethnically mixed, and in some ways more open, society than Germany. The mood in contemporary Germany may be exceptional. When British officials said that it was "clearly disappointing" that about 300,000 more people came to the U.K. than left in 2014, they were not mainly talking about asylum-seekers.It is, in any case, easier to appeal to compassion for refugees than to the acceptance of economic migrants.However, the EU has not come up with a coherent policy on migration.
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