High net migration is a reality and - whether we like it or not - this trend will continue in the coming decades. If national and local government accept and prepare for this fact - rather than live in a state of denial - there is much they can do to address local imbalances, pre-empt and alleviate pressures on services, and help ease public concerns.
Many parents in Syria worry about sending their children to school because of the dangers on the road to or at school itself. In 2014 alone, at least 60 schools were attacked, sometimes deliberately. In total, 5,000 schools cannot be used for this year. This is because they have been destroyed, damaged, converted to shelter the displaced families or used by the warring parties.
Theresa May's speech yesterday at Conservative Party Conference should be seen as a chilling warning to those who hoped for a humane response to Europe's refugee crisis. Boldly declaring that high migration was a challenge to "societal cohesion" Theresa seems ever more willing to adopt both the rhetoric and policy of Farage and his purple agitators.
With British Council funding we were lucky to spend a month in Bengal collaborating with Kolkata based theatre company, Ranan. We worked together in a studio and more significantly visited the Sundarbans - the largest single tract of mangrove forest in the world, three hours south of Kolkata. The Sundarbans is on the frontline of sea level rise.
It is often said that being in the front row seat as history unfolds itself is one of the privileges of a press photographer's job. Well, that has certainly been the case for me over the last few weeks here in Hungary. Over those few weeks I have seen scenes of joy, turn to despair and turn to joy again. I have been covering the migrant and refugee crisis which is being described as the biggest movement of people since the Second World War. This story has really been unfolding all summer. There have been many flash points. Confused responses. Polarised opinion and massive political implications for the future of the European Union. But one thing is clear, is that has been a very photographic and image led story.
The crisis of suffering of immigrants is not a one-off tragedy, but part of the brutality of modern life. But if we are to learn something exceptional from it, let it be that while compassion may be costly and requiring of courage, commitment and sacrifice, it is absolutely fundamental to improving the plight of humanity.