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A year has
passed since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany to Syrian refugees on
August 31, 2015, dealing a savage blow to the Schengen Agreement and teeing off
a profound political conflict among the European Union states. Leaders in
Brussels espouse official optimism about their ability to resolve eventually the
multiple challenges that stem from this crisis. Even under an optimistic
scenario, however, things are likely going to get much worse before they can
begin to get better.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Immigration is one of the many pressing issues that European policymakers failed to resolve in 2015. Not only were they unable to arrive at a common view; they could not even agree to a consistent road map. Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands to limit welfare benefits and the threat of Brexit may be giving Brussels an unexpected chance to put things right.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
In the United States, immigration and border security have suddenly become hot issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent controversies over Middle Eastern refugees and terrorist threats have only deepened the political divide on the subject. Major reform is therefore unlikely before the November election. Even afterward, the challenges will remain so intract...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin