Italy’s new interior minister Matteo Salvini has told migrants to ‘pack your bags’:
Italy’s new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini will be in Sicily Sunday to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power at one of the country’s main landing points for refugees.
The head of the far-right League is on the road seeking to rally support for his party’s candidates in municipal elections later this month, as part of a broader effort to boost the traditionally secessionist party’s profile in the country’s poorer south.
But immigration is Salvini’s primary bugbear and the newly minted deputy prime minister in Italy’s populist coalition government has added a stop in migration hotspot Pozzallo.
The port town in Sicily’s south is on the front line: one of the main places where military and humanitarian boats bring refugees fleeing war, persecution and famine across North Africa and the Middle East.
A controversial agreement between Italy’s former centre left government and authorities and militias in Libya has triggered a fall in overall arrivals of some 75 percent since the summer of 2017. But since the start of this year, Italian authorities have registered more than 13,500 arrivals.
The latest came late Friday, just hours after Salvini took his oath of office, with some 158 people, including nine children, landing in Pozzallo after being rescued by a humanitarian boat in an operation coordinated by the Italian coast guard.
Salvini had said after being sworn in that he would ask his ministry’s experts “how to reduce the number of arriving migrants and increase the number of expulsions”.
“The good times for illegals is over — get ready to pack your bags,” he said Saturday at a rally in Italy’s north.
“Countries need to start doing their job and no more smugglers should be docking in Italian ports,” he said in a swipe at the NGOs organising rescues at sea, which he has regularly accused of complicity with people traffickers.
Salvini’s fellow deputy prime minister, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star movement Luigi Di Maio, has also called rescue NGOs “taxis on the sea” although his rhetoric on immigration is more measured that that of the League.
To speed up deportations — of which there were just 6,500 in 2017 — Salvini will have to increase the number of detention centres and sign agreements with origin countries, many of which are not eager to re-receive their citizens.
In a bid to find funds, Salvini is eying the billions of euros set aside every year to deal with the demands of the asylum seekers.
In 2017, the former government announced a budget of some 4.2 billion euros for migrants, of which 18 percent is for rescues at sea, 13 percent for health care, and 65 percent for migrant reception centres, which host some 170,000 people.
The centres in particular attract Salvini’s ire.
The vast majority of existing centres are run by cooperatives or NGOs who were promised 25-35 euros per day for each person they provide with lodging, clothes and other services including legal aid or psychological support.
Salvini will be in Luxembourg Tuesday for a meeting of EU interior ministers with the agenda set to be dominated by discussion of the EU’s controversial Dublin rule, whereby would-be refugees must file for asylum in the first bloc member-state they enter.
The accord heavily penalises Italy, which has seen more than 700,000 migrants arrive since 2013.
In early years the vast majority would continue their journeys to northern Europe, but the introduction of EU-backed processing centres to ensure migrants are identified at their first European entry point and tighter border controls installed by France, Switzerland and Austria are now creating roadblocks along this well-worn route. (source)
Remember, the Italian government has worked with Germany, the USA, and other EU members to bring these “migrants” into Europe. This is not a case of any “invasion,” but rather a subsidized transfer of human cargo from Africa and the Middle East into Europe:
Matteo Salvini is also trouble. We have written about him before.
All of the “tough talk” against “migrants” is meaningless, because the migrants aren’t going anywhere. Most don’t have the means to get back to their native lands, and many do not want to go back to the war-torn, poor cesspools they came from, especially when they are being given welfare. The European governments don’t want them to leave and will continue to give them welfare in order to directly subsidize the dysfunction that comes from a population made idle from having been taught to depend on the welfare of another for his daily income. The ensuing dysfunction will be then presented by the governments as the justification for nationalism and militarist policies.
Eventually, the welfare will stop. But that should be the least of the concern for the migrants and really, anybody who looks like a “foreigner,” because at that point will the nations of Europe fully remilitarized and have prepared the tools of war to systematically eliminate any further problems that a “migrant” may cause.
This is likewise not to negate the problems caused by many of the migrants, which are serious and well-documented. However, as noted above, one must see this is a larger context. The problems are desired not because of the problems, but because of the ability of those in power to present a solution to said problems. Both people- migrants and native Europeans- are being manipulated, and while individual abuses on both sides must be addressed, one must see this as part of a larger plan for militarism.
In the words of the 1983 movie Wargames, “the way to win, is not to play,” because this game of geopolitics and subsidized trafficking in people is about creating the conditions for a war in which these same people will be sacrificed on the chessboard of the masters in industry and finance who run the world and desire policies based in eugenics.