We are witnessing the interweaving of what has become a war on immigrants with armed intervention to restore a post-colonial order in their countries of origin.
By the end of 2014, 55 million people tried to flee from wars and internal conflicts. Most of them, about 34 million, came from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic and Nigeria.
The vast majority found refuge in neighboring countries, often just as poor and not much more stable than their homelands. At the same time, the 28 European Union countries received a little more than 1 million refugees and the United States accepted 270,000.
Today, refugees and asylum seekers are competing for a laughable number of refugee placements, plus the total closure of borders and even transit bans. The rejection is not only coming from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, but also from the most powerful countries, such as the U.S., Britain, France, and the richest, such as Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The relative openness of Germany has gone down dramatically.