News out of Sweden reports that the nationalist Sweden Democrats won 6% of the votes campaigning on cuts to immigration and stricter immigration laws. This grants them representation in the Riksdag.
In Denmark the Danish People's Party secured 25 seats in the nation's 2007 elections on 13.8% of the vote. Like the Sweden Democrats they were campaigning for a stricter immigration policy.
These elections are significant because these parties are enjoying support in what are considered Europe's most tolerant and progressive nations. They are not exceptions but are following a trend in Europe.
Another trend taking root is the erection of walls or fences to secure borders. The United States and Israel have shared considerable criticism for constructing walls that reinforce their borders to control the flow of smuggled goods and illegal migrants; but they are not the only countries doing so.
India is currently in the process of constructing a fence along its shared border with Bangladesh. The reasons are familiar: to control the flow of illegal goods and migrants. It should be noted that Bangladesh is almost completely engulfed by India.
Mexico, with no sense of hypocrisy, is building a wall along its southern border with Guatemala. The reasons are no different: to control the influx of contraband and illegal migrants from Guatemala into Mexico.
Here is a list of countries that have built fences to control the migration of people.
So it seems the world trend is to secure borders either with a strict immigration policy or with a physical barrier or both. Canadian hubris compels us to imagine that the world "looks to Canada" for inspiration when it comes to formulating policy but that is more fantasy than reality. Were it true than we shouldn't expect to see an increasing desire to restrict the influx of migrants into foreign lands. Clearly Canada is in a world of her own.