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Italy Threatens to Close Ports Due to Overwhelming Flow of Migrants

Italy Threatens to Close Ports Due to Overwhelming Flow of Migrants

“11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days”

Thousands of refugees have arrived in Italy over the last week prompting some leaders in the country to say they need to close their ports. Italy has been a popular landing spot for refugees due to its location just north of Libya.

The Guardian reports:

Italy considers closing its ports to boats carrying migrants

The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days.

It has been reported that the government has given its ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, a mandate to raise the issue formally with the European commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. One idea being discussed is denying docking privileges to boats not carrying Italian flags that seek to land in Italian ports, mainly in Sicily or Calabria.

Italy is the main point of arrival for mostly African migrants to European shores this year, and more boats are sent out almost daily. All of those rescued off the coast of Libya are brought to Italy, often by private charities.

Meanwhile, Italy’s neighbours have closed their borders to try to keep migrants from moving north, as they did in the past, and some EU partners such as Poland and Hungary have refused to host some asylum-seekers to ease the burden on Italy and Greece, another frontline country.

This video from New China TV gives you a very real sense of how many of the boats carrying refugees are overcrowded, adding more danger to the situation:

Express UK has more:

EU facing new migrant chaos as summer sees record numbers attempt to cross Med

More than 10,000 asylum seekers were rescued from the Mediterranean in just three days this week, with hundreds more crossing into Greece from Turkey.

The 400 Turkish border crossings suggest that a deal struck between Brussels and Ankara – for migrants to be turned around before reaching the EU – is breaking down.

The figures also raise the spectre of the chaos witnessed in 2015 when the number of migrants seeking asylum was at its highest in 25 years.

The surge in economic migrants searching for a route into Europe – and a new life in Britain – has put UK border officials on high alert.

The UN Migration Agency said 8,863 migrants were rescued trying to reach Italy from Libya between June 24 and 27. And the EU’s border agency Frontex said its boats had recovered a further 2,700 people.

The agency said the fact such large numbers were sailing at the same time was “extremely worrying”.

This report from Euronews highlights Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi who is also calling for a halt on migrants, claiming the city is overwhelmed:

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The horse has bolted Italy. Too little too late.

4th armored div | June 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

this an invasion of Europe and they are WELCOME to it.
They want to be ‘nice’ then let them do it and when Sharia and the Kali_Fate takes over there, there will no longer be a white Europe,

Works for me as long as we don’t get sucked into this catastrophe.
They broke it, they pay for it!

“Build it and they will come,”

and take it from you.

Obama’s legacy is secure in what seems to be a progressive trail of tears.

It was Angela Merkel and her idiotic virtue-signalling who opened the flood gates.

Europe will find that it’s a lot easier to open those gates than to close them.

“The agency said the fact such large numbers were sailing at the same time was “extremely worrying”.”

Yes, indeed, almost as if it were coordinated. How else would thousands upon thousands of hungry, destitute refugees lay hands on such an armada. Boats. I mean boats!

buckeyeminuteman | June 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm

There’s no sending these millions of military-aged “refugee” males back. No possible way to do it. And when they want to marry and the local European women don’t want any part of it, the problems will further spiral out of control. Southern Italy, in particular Naples, has had a massive population of North Africans for years now.

    pwaldoch in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | June 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I disagree. There is no POLITICAL WILL to sending these millions of military-aged “refugee” males back. A few warships along the norther med coast with orders to shoot to sink would persuade a ton of people to turn around. The downside is they would actually have to shoot a boat to get the others to turn around and to encourage others to not even try in the first place.

inspectorudy | June 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I read the other day that 100,000,000 refugees in Africa are ready to bolt to the EU. That’s right one hundred million refugees! Europe as we have known it will be no more. islam will be the new force and the new color will be black. All that the Europeans have accomplished over the past 100 years will be lost. There will be no money for infrastructure and maintenance. It will all go to welfare and social programs. The Euro weenies have no spine for harsh treatment and will surrender just like Sweden and Switzerland. NATO will become a liability rather than an asset. If you have always wanted to see Europe you had better go soon!

Damn. These Syrians fleeing war-torn Syrian don’t look like any Syrians I’ve ever met. And they don’t seem to be originating in war-torn Syria.

Or, am I the only one still keeping track per the “moral argument” of why Europe was supposed to take all these people in at all?

I’ve predicted before that Europe as it exists today will be gone in five to ten years.

I may have been too optimistic. It looks like I’ll have to move that schedule up a bit.

The regions which go back into the Russian orbit may do all right. The rest? Eh, not so much.

Insane that they don’t just deport them.

If they simply deported them all, they’d stop coming.

They are just thinking about it NOW?? Why not two years ago?
This invasion was predictable.