This is not only a European problem, but a worldwide one. The Arab nations should be stepping forward to offer help, not just those in the Levant, but richer nations such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
We need to shore up the EU’s external borders, provide assessment centres in the countries of origin, fast track genuine asylum seekers in Calais and deport the majority. In the meanwhile, under the Dublin Agreement we can round up those illegal immigrants that are committing the crimes of trespass and breaking and entering in Calais and deport them.
The EU is spineless and in Strasbourg next week there will be demands for action, hand-wringing, name calling but nothing will be done other than a demand from unelected Eurocrats that we all take our fair share.
While they bicker I have arranged a trip to the Middle East to meet politicians there to discuss their response and to ask them to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their own neighbours.