Gabriel Gavin Gabriel Gavin

How the EU hardened its heart towards refugees

Poland's servicemen behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side of the border (Getty images)

‘They wanted me to fight, and I knew I had to leave, or die.’ My translator, a former English teacher from Syria, was explaining how, after the army knocked on his door one day, he had fled the country and moved more than 2,000 miles to Liverpool. This was 2018, the bloody civil war was raging.

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