Migrants Tell Migrants: ‘Don’t Come to Italy’

Julian Miglierini, BBC News, May 9, 2014

“My fellow countrymen, don’t come to Italy, you will starve,” says Jose from Angola, looking straight into the camera.

“This country is in a serious crisis, and it affects migrants too,” says Roshan from Sri Lanka, with a stern face. “To be an illegal migrant in Italy is to face hunger and desperation,” adds Niemel from Pakistan.

They are some of the migrants in Italy who, speaking their own languages, took part in a video published online that got Italy talking this week.

The video was produced as part of the European election campaign of a candidate for the right-wing, anti-immigration Northern League (Lega Nord).

Angelo Ciocca, the candidate, told the BBC that the migrants had willingly participated in the video, but that he had written the messages.

He wants the video to go viral and make its way to the migrants’ countries of origin, to warn them off coming to Italy.

But Mr Ciocca also admits that the video serves another purpose–winning Italian votes.

There has been a surge in the number of migrants reaching Italy’s southern coast in the last few months. Yet the issue of clandestine immigration has been relatively absent from the campaign debate ahead of the European elections.

So a party like the Northern League–often accused in the past of using xenophobic messages to attract votes–is doing all it can to stir interest in the issue and become the voice of Italians concerned about the arrivals.

Its new leader, Matteo Salvini, has called for suspension of the Italian Navy operation that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean. Many migrants sail from North Africa in overcrowded, rickety boats.

Mr Salvini says the rescue operation encourages migrants to come to Italy.

The League needs votes. The party, which came to life in the early 1990s calling for the secession of parts of Northern Italy, has lost support. Much of the protest vote it used to attract has vanished–gone to the new anti-establishment Five Star Movement, led by Beppe Grillo.

And a corruption scandal in the League’s top ranks–which provoked the resignation of its erstwhile powerful leader, Umberto Bossi–damaged its image as an anti-corruption movement.

The latest polls suggest it will get around 5% of the national vote–half what it got in the last European elections.

Observers say the return to the party’s anti-immigration roots could prove a skillful move, reaching some voters who see migrant arrivals as a threat.

But so far the video appears to have had little effect on migrants–this week alone, more than 4,300 men, women and children were rescued in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Italy.

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  • I hope they follow that advice.

    Unfortunately, Italy only seems to be the Africans’ stepping stone to northern Europe, which is their real destination.

    • Manaphy

      Sounds like we need more of this guy:

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        Only an army of Breiviks can save us now.

  • je suis paganisme

    Salve, Salvini!
    Not only don’t rescue the sombitches, blow them out of the water.
    Life is serious; survival is paramount. Forget your baby Jesus, and the wailings of the Liberals.

  • Manaphy

    Sometimes I wish America, Europe, Australia, and other white countries/places were poor, desolate places, because then the non-eskimos would leave and so-called “immigrants” wouldn’t come. It worked for Romania and Armenia.

    • Nimadan

      For the West to survive, the consumer economy must die.

      It’s that simple…

      If I had the abilty to do so, I’d crash the power grid tomorrow. This would instantly plunge North America into depression followed by famine, civil war, and ethnic cleansing. Whatever portion of the continent was under White control, when the dust had settled, would become the basis of a brilliant new beginning.

  • JSS

    “To be an illegal migrant in Italy is to face hunger and desperation,” adds Niemel from Pakistan.

    According to the mainstream liberal narrative the very presence of nonwhites in formerly White countries leads to economic growth, innovation, and a greater ability to compete in a dynamic changing global market. Apparently a side effect of that is starvation. Weird.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      We should be racing into the Space Age because of never-ending massive third world immigration according to the leftist, multicultural ideologues, instead we’re racing into a Stone Age future filled with widespread poverty, unemployment, corruption, third world slums, disintegrating urban infrastructure and previously harmonious societies torn apart by racial and religious hatred.

  • Ahnenerbe

    They are biological hazard material not immigrants, possibly containing Ebola, HIV/AIDS, MERS. The bubonic plague in Europe was caused by filthy gypsies carrying bacterium into Europe centuries ago and these parasites could cause another catastrophe

  • Italy has cars, jobs, money, real houses, and the bonus …. white women. Of course, they’ll keep coming until Italy shoots them down on the beaches like the invading army they are.

    The Italians are showing some courage in resisting the New World Order agenda of diversity. But geography works against them. I think I read that Sicily is just 70 miles from the tip of North Africa. Not far to go, even in a rickety boat.

    • Nimadan

      That’s closer than Cuba.

    • RealisticGuy

      Don’t worry. The Italians are quite a lot like the Mexicans. They are a mixed race. Some northern Italians are of Germanic blood, but most of the country is the result of the melting pot the Romans built. Same goes for Spain and Greece. A tragedy, but one we must recognzie. These places are European only geographically.

      Have a look at pictures of these places. Not the nicer remnants of long lost European civilization, or what the residual European population has achieved there, but of the places the average person in those countries live. Little better than what you’d expect in North Africa, or the Middle East, and that’s because that is what they are.

  • Romulus

    Here’s a little fun fact, while googling a map distribution of ancient Roman haplogroups, geuss who’s group factored in heavily in and around Rome following the collapse.

    See also the 3part documentary “Jesus :Rise to Power” by Roman historian Michael Scott from Britain.

    • IstvanIN

      I take it “the tribe” encircled Rome?

      • Romulus

        Who was it that built his church on that famous rock?
        Why,…. Peter of course. (and yes) 😉

    • RealisticGuy

      I’ve heard lots of explanations for the decline of the Roman empire. The only one that makes sense to me is immigration. They were bred out of being. Some of this was the fault of Christianity, yes, but the Romans had succumbed to wickedness long before the Tribe arrived.

      It is the same now throughout the western world. Yes, Christianity, which had its roots in Judaism, and was quite possibly spread in the beginning by Jews as a poison, a weapon against Europeans, has played an enormous part in our downfall. But the truth is that our societies follow a regular cycle; from nobility to democracy, from democracy to tyranny, from tyranny to oblivion.

  • OhWow

    The Italian Navy rescues these people?

    Meanwhile, black Somalians hold white crews hostage and steal everything.

    It’s time to stop treating the people well who hate you.

  • none of your business

    The most meagre welfare allotment in Italy is better than living in africa. Italy also needs to focus on the disease ridden african prostitutes, both men and women. There are thousands of african prostitutes in Italy. I suspect they are not women who arrived in Italy on their own and set up their own operation. I suspect they were brought in by the african
    sex traffickers who posed as refugees to get to Italy.