There was a time when victims of conflict were rooted to their fate.
Today, those who can migrate do so. Their search for security and a better life has created an intractable policy problem for the EU but there are signs that European leaders are at last alighting on a coherent response.
In Brussels the outlines of a deal are emerging by which Turkey would accept the return from Greece of both economic migrants and genuine refugees. In return, Ankara would receive at least €6 billion and a promise that the most vulnerable refugees would be relocated to Europe directly from Turkish camps.
Such an agreement, consistently enforced, would be tough, humane and practical. It is in contrast to the reaction so far characterised by an indecision that has benefited only the far right.