The Greek coast guard goes out on a daily basis to rescue refugees from sinking boats. They feel as though they have been left to deal with an enormous humanitarian emergency by themselves, while more distant countries natter on about what to do and how many people they can be asked to absorb.
Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico.
Human Rights Watch has documented wide discrepancies between Mexican law and practice. By law, Mexico offers protection to those who face risks to their lives or safety if returned to their countries of origin. But less than 1 percent of children who are apprehended by Mexican immigration authorities are recognized as refugees, according to Mexican government data.