Some revealing statistics regarding Mediterranean migrant arrivals for 2018.
The source is of the left; nevertheless, we find all information useful.
1. 82,100 migrants entered Europe by sea in 2018 (through September). Spain, by its own actions, became the top destination for illegal migrants with 36,654 transferred to Spain this year.
The region’s total arrivals are down 40% compared with the 136,313 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. There were 304,933 at this same point in 2016.
As a result, deaths on the Mediterranean were markedly decreased, falling to 1,741. This figure is well below fatalities recorded at this time last year (2,676 or down 35%) or 2016 (3,602).
* Conclusion: As the arrivals have fallen, so have the deaths at sea. Australia indeed has a point. Illegal entry by sea is forbidden in Australia…and there are very few if any deaths as a result.
A sealed and secured border protects all Europeans, saves lives and disables the mafia smuggling networks.
2. Spain, predictably, is now the weak link and therefore the main target of smugglers and migrants. Spain accounted for nearly 45% of all arrivals and continued to receive migrants by sea in September at a volume nearly twice that of Greece and more than seven times that of Italy.
Compared to the same period last year, sea arrivals have increased by 196% in Spain. 196%? This will happen when hardened socialists seize power.
By comparison, Italy’s arrivals through late September are the lowest recorded at this point in almost five years.
According to the source, arrivals to Italy – just 964 in September – marked what appears to be the first time in over four years that fewer than 1,000 migrants or refugees landed in Italy. Almost as few arrived in February and March this year, traditionally the slowest period of the season, yet even in those winter months at least 1,000 arrivals were recorded.
* Conclusion: Italy and Matteo Salvini are producing stunning results because they took action to deny entry and to control events. On the other hand, Spain has seen a huge increase in arrivals (196%) because its socialist/feminist government chose to lure the migrants with its open-entry manifesto.
3. IOM Libya reported Monday total departures of “stranded migrants” this year under IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme have reached 12,544 with 172 leaving last week.
The top four countries of return from Libya are Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Guinea. Last week’s returnees went home to The Gambia, Bangladesh, Guinea and Cameroon.
* Conclusion: While the NGOs lured the migrants to Libya (the pickup center) with their transportation services to Europe, we do applaud today’s efforts in Libya to return the migrants to their countries of origin.
It is ironic that while the NGOs complain about the conditions in Libya, they were the ones responsible for encouraging the migrants to gather there. The migrants were not flocking to Libya for the beaches…but for the “taxi service” to Europe.
We also believe Salvini’s policies in Italy have helped many migrants with their decisions to return home.
4. Greece continues to be an absolute disaster and is also seeing arrivals increase again compared to the same period of last year.
The Tsipras government is not sending back “all irregulars” to Turkey as stipulated in the EU-Erdogan deal. As a result, there is chaos in Greece and migrant “wave-through” on the mainland are placing an enormous burden on others in the Balkans.
According to the source, on Monday, IOM Greece reported that over the last four days of September (27-30), the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) reported at least three incidents requiring search and rescue operations off the islands of Samos and Chios. The HCG rescued a total 97 migrants and transferred them to those two islands.
Those and other arrivals over these four days brings to 23,240 the total number of arrivals by sea to Greece through 30 September.
There is also violence among the migrants. IOM Greece’s Christine Nikolaidou said that on Saturday a Syrian man, 31 years old, was found dead after an altercation between Syrian refugees and Afghans. Eight people – all Arabs – were reported injured.
* Conclusion: The original Balkan route closed in early 2016 was the key to cutting the migrant demand for Greece. The hope to reach Germany was diminished by European nation states coming together to close the original migrant pipeline.
However, a new route from Greece-Albania-Montenegro-Bosnia, where the migrants seek to enter the EU, has opened, and predictably, the migrant arrivals in Greece have spiked again.
*** There is a lesson here that Europe should have learned from Australia long ago. A sealed border is the best way to stop illegal entry by sea and to prevent deaths at sea.
Matteo Salvini (sea) and Viktor Orban (land) are doing the right things….and are providing the models that others in Europe should follow.