Re: Economic migration
I would be interested to see a link confirming that 78% figure, not that I don't believe it. I think Cameron's stance that we support refugees by supporting camps in/near Syria and taking genuine cases from there is the best thing to do. In starves criminal people smugglers of money and means that those genuinely in need get the chance or help, not just those with cash.
Our meddling in the middle east is certainly and major cause of the problems there now. I don't believe any intervention we as western powers have made, has improved any situation for the majority. However, the answer is not now an open door policy to allow anyone into our European countries. Culturally we are too different and their understandable desire not to adopt our culture and abandon theirs leads to ghettos and increasing hostility between cultures. Our beliefs and values are too different to allow traditional muslim cultures and beliefs to sit comfortably in a culture based historically on christian values. That's not what people want to hear but it's an unfortunate truth. Failure to address this will see the rise of forces like the National Front party in France gaining popularity in all European countries and the long its left the more radical and distasteful their policies will become.