“I don’t mind the idea of genuine short-term help to a small number of people who want it but what annoys me is the sense of entitlement they seem to think they have. We can’t have a situation where anyone living in a country with a bit of conflict rumbling on”

@dave Syria for example? There seems to me to be more than ‘a bit of conflict’. If I was living in a war zone, I would do anything to keep myself and family safe, including running half way across the world to a foreign (in every senses of the word) country. Wouldn’t you?

“or with a government we’d consider a bit authoritarian ”

Again…Syria/Assad? Is his regime ‘a bit authoritarian’?

to then effectively have a worldwide free travel pass to go settle in any country of their choosing and be treated to a free ride for life. It’s all very well offering help and aid and all the rest of it, but the sheer number of people who could in theory claim that status would be enough to overwhelm most of Europe, never mind the UK.