July 13, 2017
* Leaders of Italy and Brussels are refusing to secure the border and are not sending illegal migrants back. In 2016, 50% of the migrants transported to Italy by the NGOs simply “disappeared”. Where are they now?
According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), a total of 181,436 migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Italy during 2016:
– 90,334 never requested asylum and just vanished. Italians refer to this as “clandestini.”
– 4,808 (just 2.65%) were recognized as refugees.
– 54,252 had their petitions rejected unconditionally.
– 18,979 were awarded “humanitarian protection,” allowing them a renewable yearly permission to remain in the country.
– 12,873 were given “subsidiary protection.”
How many of the 144,000 migrants not given some form of status were deported? Around 5,000. This is simply unacceptable and one of the reasons why others are sealing their borders with Italy.
The nation states of Europe must call an emergency meeting to convey a message to the leaders of Italy and the EU that they will not be accepting any migrants from Italy. Instead, all EU nations (not just the V4) must send police and equipment to help Italy implement policies of detainment, pull-back and deportation.
Brussels has failed to lead; now, they must get out of the way.