In Israel, a flood of seemingly Biblical proportions has led to ugly race riots by infuriated citizens and to legislation that threatens lengthy prison terms to anyone who assists "infiltrators." Early Monday morning, unknown attackers set fire in Jerusalem to an apartment housing Eritrean migrants. No one was killed, but spray painted on the wall was "get out of the neighbourhood."
Historically, many countries, Canada included, have gone to considerable lengths to prevent vehicles carrying refugees from landing in the first place. Last year, Italy and France pushed for military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as much to ward off flotillas of refugees as to protect the Libyan people from the violence of their dictator.