Tuesday, July 18, 2017

{UAH} Italy plots 'nuclear option' to migrant crisis by giving EU visas to 200,000 incomers and sending them north as the country struggles with 'human warehouse'

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Do you now see the UK's fears about the EU project being realised, why the British people want nothing to do with the EU anymore? In my view, the British people rejected EU integration largely because of Immigration and nationalism, and less because of economics. Look at what Italy is going to do, to issue EU visas to 200,000 immigrants. In fact the number of illegal immigrants in Italy is close to 1 million. None of these immigrants want to stay in Italy. Italy is just a transit port to Europe. 95% of ALL immigrants want to come to the UK, with the remainder wanting to go to the Scandinavian countries.And one can see why Italy wants to take the nuclear option- I dont think their economy can afford another influx of 1 million immigrants this year- at present, they estimate 50,000 are coming by boat every month. The UK has already stated its official policy of having just 100,000 net migration figure per year; this the difference between those who enter and those who leave the UK each year; at present this figure is around 200,000. which is still, very huge, considering that the UK is a small island of only 65 million people- It can not demographically support a population increase of 250,000 per year, but imagine if Italy issued visas and the millions suddenly appeared at UK borders in Calais, France- this could easily cause another European war. The issue is not about racism or being unsympthetic to refugees or immigrants- it is just plain logic: How many people can a country of 65 million absorb in a year?

Bobby

Italy plots 'nuclear option' to migrant crisis by giving EU visas to 200,000 incomers and sending them north as the country struggles with 'human warehouse'

  • European Council Directive 2001/55 was developed after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people
  • Now some Italian officials say that they may use it to issue visas to migrants
  • The country is struggling to absorb the numbers seeking refuge on its shores
  • More than 86,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy this year

Italian government officials have threatened to issue temporary EU visas to thousands of migrants in an effort to deal with Italy's escalating migrant and refugee crisis that would allow new arrivals to travel north.

In what has been described as a 'nuclear option,' Italian government officials have threatened to allow 200,000 migrants who enter the country to travel across Europe by using a Brussels directive, The Times reports. 

Italy has previously called on its EU neighbours to help with the escalating humanitarian crisis but it has been disappointed by their lack of action.

Migrants wait to disembark from the NGO (Non-government organization) Medecins Sans Frontier Vos Prudence ship after being rescued at sea, at Salerno's harbor, Italy, on Friday

Migrants wait to disembark from the NGO (Non-government organization) Medecins Sans Frontier Vos Prudence ship after being rescued at sea, at Salerno's harbor, Italy, on Friday

Due to its geographic location, Italy has been one of the first entry points  for people fleeing from the south to reach Europe. 

More than 86,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy already this year.

Italy has been struggling to cope with a huge increase in people fleeing north Africa.

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Hundreds of asylum seekers are now packed into overcrowded centres in small villages throughout the country which have been dubbed 'human warehouses' by locals.

Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told The Times: 'If migrants continue to arrive and Italy decides to give them papers to cross borders and leave Italy it would be a nuclear option.

'Italians have lost any hope of getting help from the EU and may say, 'If you won't make it a common challenge, we will.'  

Migrants landed from the 'Vos Prudence' Ship of Doctors Without Borders in the port of Salerno on Friday. On board were 118 women, 5 newborns, over 100 unaccompanied minors

Migrants landed from the 'Vos Prudence' Ship of Doctors Without Borders in the port of Salerno on Friday. On board were 118 women, 5 newborns, over 100 unaccompanied minors

Mario Giro, the deputy foreign minister, and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, told The Times that issuing migrants with temporary visas was under discussion. 

Mr Giro believes that Italy can exploit European Council Directive 2001/55, developed after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people.

If Italy does pursue this course of action, support for the Schengen scheme, which allows all EU citizens to travel freely across the Continent, may be in jeopardy.

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) arrives in the port of Salerno carrying 935 migrants, including 16 children and 7 pregnant women on Friday

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) arrives in the port of Salerno carrying 935 migrants, including 16 children and 7 pregnant women on Friday

It may also seriously escalate tensions with neighbouring France and Austria, which have used dogs and the threat of armoured vehicles to push back migrants who try to enter by that route previously.

France 24 reports that vast white tents erected in a former military zone on the outskirts of the tiny village of Conetta, house some 1,400 men from across Africa, packed onto endless rows of bunks.

And even when they escape the tent confines they are often encounter hostile banners calling for them to leave as tensions mount in the country.

Migrants wait to disembark from Medecins Sans Frontier's Vos Prudence ship after being rescued at sea. Italy is struggling to cope with the numbers of people arriving on its shores

Migrants wait to disembark from Medecins Sans Frontier's Vos Prudence ship after being rescued at sea. Italy is struggling to cope with the numbers of people arriving on its shores

'I used to call this place a modern lager,' Cona mayor Albero Panfilio told AFP, referring to concentration camps. The commune of Cona includes the little village of Conetta.

'After two years this is (still) a place where human beings are squashed in together, with no hope for the future.

Men, women and children disembark  at Salerno's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea

Men, women and children disembark at Salerno's harbor, Italy, after being rescued at sea

'Now I call it a human warehouse. The migrants arrive, they don't know where to put them, they have a warehouse, they dump them here.' The asylum seekers were treated 'like garbage', he added.

Around 10 kilometres away (6.2 miles) in Bagnoli di Sopra, some 700 migrants are crowded into another former military base surrounded by barbed wire fences with no access to journalists.  

Italy is struggling to cope with the numbers arriving at its shores and does not feel that other EU countries are adequately helping them manage the rising crisis

Italy is struggling to cope with the numbers arriving at its shores and does not feel that other EU countries are adequately helping them manage the rising crisis

 



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