In recent months migration has been hot topic in Europe.

The horrendous mass drownings of would-be migrants trying to reach Italy or Greece; the rise of anti-immigration political parties; the pressure on housing and welfare and health services and concerns around social integration and/ or criminality have kept the topic in the headlines.

It is difficult not to feel sympathy with those desperate to get to Europe to escape poverty, war and oppression, but it is also clear that the massive influx of people is adding to the burden on already over stretched budgets.

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