View Full Version : Half a mill. refugees waiting to cross the med. from Lybia

06-07-2015, 03:52 PM
Several thousand picked up over the weekend already evidently. Yes the smugglers should be targeted but there is a vast market there and someone will always arise to service it. As I have said before I think we have the next migration out of Africa in progress, and it's happening all over the world. The ongoing reconstruction of borders in the ME has probably increased the incentive.

"Up to half a million refugees are gathering in Libya to attempt the crossing toEurope (http://www.theguardian.com/world/europe-news) on the deadly boats that have killed thousands already.The toll of misery was revealed by senior Royal Navy officers leading Britain’s Mediterranean rescue mission off the Libyan coast. Britain’s amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark has helped save around 4,000 refugees before they drowned having set sail in unseaworthy boats.
The ship’s 350-strong company of sailors and Royal Marines is bracing itself to rescue a further 3,000. Captain Nick Cooke-Priest said: “Indications are that there are 450,000 to 500,000 migrants in Libya who are waiting at the border.”"


Nicholas Scheuer
06-07-2015, 04:49 PM
Nice to see someone else having the "illegal immigrant" problem. I see where N Italy wants limits.

Peerie Maa
06-07-2015, 05:05 PM
Nice to see someone else having the "illegal immigrant" problem. I see where N Italy wants limits.

Italy has problems, as explained in the quote, but Italy is not the intended destination for all of the migrants. This is from 2014

Thanks partly to the Dublin regulation, which says that the first European Union state where a migrant arrives, his finger prints are stored or an asylum claim is made, is responsible for the claimant, Italy is one of the five EU countries that get 70% of all asylum applications (Germany, Sweden, France and Britain are the others). Ministers have repeatedly and fruitlessly sought EU involvement in dealing with the Mediterranean influx. Most recently, the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, proposed that the EU’s border-management agency, Frontex, should take over the running of Mare Nostrum. But Frontex’s operational budget for 2014 is a mere €55.3m ($74m) and Mare Nostrum costs €9m a month. http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/original-size/images/print-edition/20140816_EUC519_0.png
Moreover, Warsaw-based Frontex is solely focused on border security. In Greece it blocked the land route across the Evros river marking the Greek-Turkish border with a 12km (7.5 miles) metal fence. As a result, a tide of desperate migrants are increasingly using the sea route from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands, which is shorter than that from northern Africa to Italy, yet full of hazard.
Peripheral countries are where many illegal migrants first touch European soil. This week more than 1,200 illegal migrants crossed the sea from Morocco to Spain within two days. But Spain or Greece is often not where they stay. Their ultimate destination is usually further north.
Many head for France. Last year the country ranked third, after Germany and America, among rich countries for the amount of asylum applications it received (this number includes people arriving by plane and train). Immigration has become an increasingly sensitive subject as a result. “There are fears of uncontrolled immigration, of invasion,” says Cris Beauchemin of the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques, a think-tank.
No one knows how many undocumented migrants live in France. An estimate of 200,000-400,000 bandied about six or seven years ago is not improbable. Last year the authorities had before them almost 66,000 requests for asylum and granted asylum or other protection to fewer than 11,500. Refused asylum-seekers often stay on illegally, or try to make their way to another country.
The port of Calais in the north is a favoured way station for people hoping to scramble into the back of a lorry bound for Britain. On May 28th French police cleared out three makeshift camps where around 700 illegal migrants—most of them Afghan, Syrian, Somali, Sudanese and Eritrean—were staying. On July 2nd they turfed over 600 more out of three squats and a feeding centre. In the first six months of the year 7,414 undocumented migrants were arrested in Calais, more than double the 3,129 detained in the same period of 2013, says the local préfecture.