European countries are facing serious security and humanitarian challenges amidst unprecedented levels of forced migration. The response, from the EU and beyond, has been characterised by a tension. On one hand, we see increasingly exclusionary policies, a failure in solidarity and a retreat from the Union. On the other, we see calls for ever greater co-operation on matters of security, counter-terrorism and border control. The language of crisis and novelty is used by actors from all sides to invoke the multiple ‘new’ (in)securities that are being generated by current migration – from the vulnerabilities of refugees to mobile terrorist threats. It is the case, however, that the current crisis is re-posing longstanding and intractable political, social and ethical problems relating to (in)security. Indeed, the claim that Europe’s migration and security crisis is entirely new must be treated critically.