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Europe's migration debate has taken a disturbing turn. It began with the creation of the catch-all concept (a legal freak) of a "migrant," which obscures the difference, central to the law, between economic and political migration, between people escaping poverty and those driven from their homes by war. Unlike economic migrants, those fleeing oppression, terror and massacre have an inalienable right to asylum, which entails an unconditional obligation by the international community to provide shelter.The reality, however, is that 80 percent of these people are refugees, attempting to escape despotism, terror and religious extremism in countries such as Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.First, Europe is far from being the migrants' primary destination. Nearly 2 million refugees from Syria alone have headed to Turkey, and over 1 million have fled to Lebanon, whose population amounts to just 3.5 million. Europe, in a display of united selfishness, has scuttled a plan to relocate a mere 40,000 asylum-seekers from their cities of refuge in Italy and Greece.Europe, harassed by its xenophobes and consumed by self-doubt, has turned its back on its values.
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