Never, ever, accept refugees
Last summer, a number of normally sensible people were shocked when I said that the European governments would be wise to sink the refugee ships that were crossing the Mediterranean. Most of those people now realize that the people of Europe would be much better off if their governments had rejected the ridiculous “it is moral to help poor defenseless refugees” argument and fulfilled their responsibility to defend their national borders.
But my opinion is not based on any heartlessness or cruelty, it is based on knowledge of history. As it happened, I’ve been reading Charles Oman’s The Byzantine Empire, and the following incident caught my attention, presaging as it does the current situation. You will note that last summer was not the first time refugees in peril were permitted to cross a border, and as Oman’s account suggests, it will not be the first time that the people whose governments betrayed them have paid a bitter price for that failure either.
The story is long. It involves Goths and Romans, the latter ultimately being the chumps.
You’ll want to keep reading the whole thing even though you will know what’s going to happen every step along the way.
In principle, I could argue that a strong and confident nation can accept a limited number of refugees, but it doesn’t matter. Today, the only strong and confident nations are those that don’t accept refugees.