Border closings and restrictions shift both the policy debate and the humanitarian concerns, and mean enough articles for a separate post on the topic.
Best article first: Winder leads, in his first paragraph, with one of the key concepts of any anti-immigrant position – that the people coming in are some sort of ‘contaminant’ to the country in which they arrive. (Another analytical tool for our toolbox – and one that should definitely be used in a speech.) Winder then provides an excellent history lesson for the continent.
A bit more of a history lesson, with why Europe in particular was ground zero for questions of asylum, and asylum rules. (Share this one with your NX people for their Immigration folder.)
The map in the first article, showing where Hungary put up their fence, goes a long way towards defining how the migrant flow will now shift. The second article shows Germany’s specific issues (with maps and graphs).
Stories from around the continent, print sources first:
NPR stories on the issue, in the order they were aired:
One final article, dealing with the people crossing the Mediterranean: