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As summer opens up across Europe, it's heading towards peak migrant season. The EU remains unable or unwilling to stem the flow of people, the vast majority of them illegal migrants who would not qualify for refugee status and, even, unable or unwilling to examine possibilities of preventing those illegal migrants from moving around Europe. As border controls are increasingly issued of national, not EU security, it is time to take a quick look at some recent stories about migration.

Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers

An Italian prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro, has told La Stampa, in Italian, that "We have evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and people traffickers in Libya."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-...

 

Bulgarian Vigilantes Patrol Turkey Border to Keep Migrants Out

Bulgaria's borders are policed by masked men in ragtag uniforms whose website says that Europe must be defended against Islam although members of the group say it's not about Islam but rather "They are from age 17 to 35, with good physiques and training ... It's not a problem that they are Muslims. The problem is it's a different civilization. They don't think like us, they have a totally different view about life, about everything."

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli...

 

Up to 6.6m migrants waiting to cross to Europe from Africa: report

Merkel's legacy: a German government report, intended for internal use only but, apparently, not marked "classified," shows the result of her policy of declaring an open welcome. The intelligence report says that there are more than one million waiting in Libya alone.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

 

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 20,484, Deaths: 525

That's what the International Organisation for Migration said on 21st March this year: then immediately contradicted itself by saying that a further 3,312 had been rescued on 19th March and were on their way to Italy.

The report contained what appears, on the face of it, to be good news: "This compares with 160,331 through the first 79 days of 2016." but cross referencing this to the Daily Telegraph report above shows a more complex picture: many of those waiting are stranded waiting for sea conditions to improve because the Baltic land routes have been, more or less, closed. Even so, 2017 is far ahead of the same period in 2015.

http://www.iom.int/news/medite...

 

Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010 – UNICEF

"At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011."

- 170,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in Europe in 2015-2016.
- 100,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015-2016.

https://www.unicef.org/media/m... (press release).

 

 


 

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