The general story is familiar. From July 2014 to July 2015, there are 210,000 asylum applications in the EU by Syrian nationals; for June 2015 alone the number was 28,000 and over 32,000 in July; the numbers for August are not out yet. But, on Wednesday, spread through social media, the tragic picture of a three year old boy found dead on the Turkish coast in Bodrum gave the plight of the Syrian asylum a face. The boy became a symbol.

The picture did not tell the whole story. On Wednesday, th...


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