Editorial: Belarusian border misery is latest instance of EU refugee neurosis

Poland’s refusal to allow aid to reach those massed on its eastern border risks handing a propaganda victory to the dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko

Poland and Lithuania have every right to defend their borders and to restrict entry. This desperate situation is almost entirely the creation of Lukashenko. Picture: Getty

Six years ago, in one of the largest migrations of people across borders since the Second World War some 1.3 million refugees arrived in the European Union from the Middle East and Africa. Most of them were fleeing the abominable war in Syria; others were escaping poverty, discrimination, hopelessness and ethnic violence. All were in search of safety, asylum and a better future.

The arrival of these desperate people was described as a “crisis”, which ...