The enormity of it can be gathered in the words of the 1951 convention on refugees which states that they should “have a well-founded fear of persecution”.
This definition could now apply to a quarter of the world’s population and they all want to come to the West.
The majority of refugees/ migrants are Muslim so why do they not seek refuge in the oil-rich Muslim countries where they could integrate?
Surely it is not because these countries do not want them.
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: “We need to change the perception that Britain is a soft touch and that means arresting, detaining and, where possible, deporting those who have entered our country illegally.”
His suggestion was a detention centre dealing with asylum claims and appeals, preventing those migrants from absconding and with interpreters, lawyers, judges and medical staff based on-site.
David Cameron should appoint Lord Green to halt the migrant tsunami.