Influx of Migrants Across Mediterranean Nears Record Levels

Jim Yardley, New York Times, April 13, 2015

With spring barely arrived, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is already approaching last year’s record levels after a startling weekend in which more than 5,600 people were rescued from a small armada of smugglers’ wooden and rubber boats, even as nine others died after their vessel capsized.

The figures suggest that European officials are likely to be confronted again with a humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, after a year in which more than 3,200 people died and more than 130,000 were rescued by Italian naval and coast guard ships. Humanitarian groups estimate that nearly 500 people have already died at sea this year, compared with about 50 in the same period last year.

“We are experiencing a trend similar to last year,” said Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman in Italy for the International Organization for Migration. “It is an emergency from a humanitarian point of view. These people are risking their lives, and many people are losing their lives at sea. It is also an operational emergency.”

For years, migrants have paid smugglers to deliver them to Europe via the Mediterranean, with the numbers spiking during the summer, when the sea is calmer. But unrest in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, along with war and poverty in some African countries, has transformed migration into a year-round phenomenon with increased risks for calamity.

Europe has struggled to absorb the huge numbers of migrants and to develop a strategy to rescue them at sea. Italy has borne much of the rescue burden and won praise for its Mare Nostrum program, in which Italian ships served as the front line in rescue operations.

But Mare Nostrum ended in November and is being replaced by a new program, Triton, under the command of Frontex, the European immigration agency. Under Triton, the patrolling is supposed to be shared by a variety of nations, though Italy is still doing the most.

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  • DaveMed

    “‘We are experiencing a trend similar to last year,’ said Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman in Italy for the International Organization for Migration.”
    _______________________________________________________

    Traitor.

  • james AZ

    Built more NO GO ZONES in Europe …..

    • SentryattheGate

      The Muslims sure are!

  • Jason Lewis

    Wait till Africa’s population doubles.

    • SentryattheGate

      Yep, even the UN admits that Afreaka has about 4x the birthrate as the rest of the world! And to think that the First World kept so many of them alive to breed even more, to then overrun us!

      • dd47

        The Middle East also has similar birth rates of over four. Africa and the Middle East are together the biggest offenders in the regards of global overpopulation. That the overpopulation has to occur in the two most backwards/stunted parts of the world just reinforces my opinion that civilization has not long left to go.

    • JohnEngelman

      Because of white medical advances.

  • superlloyd

    If laws were enacted that deported all illegals and prohibited these parasites from having free houses, education, healthcare and enormous welfare benefits then this wouldn’t happen. This is a pull phenomenon engineered by the arrogant EU elite who have completely ignored their own people’s desires inlace of their overriding cultural marxist agenda of saving the darkies and muslims from themselves, at the expense (cultural, social and economic) of their own electorates.

    • Susannah

      Exactly. This could all end immediately and likely permanently if the traitorous elite so desired. All of their feeble expressions of “concern” over the situation are basically a pile of feigned garbage.

    • TheMaskedUnit

      Pilgrim’s didn’t cross the Atlantic for the EBT …

  • newscomments70

    I was planning a trip to Europe…I can’t bear to see that though. I wouldn’t be able to hold back my anger. I would want to stay and join one of the resistance movements.

    • George Moriarty

      Don’t hold back your anger but do hold on to your wallet/handbag all the time, well organised gangs of north Africans pick on tourists as being easy prey, the precinct of Eifel tower being a particularly bad hot spot.

      • newscomments70

        I always wanted to see Berlin and Stockholm…not now. The only recent trip I enjoyed was Singapore. It’s like a paradise with it’s cleanliness and safety…and that the UN hates them for executing criminals. I love that place, and support it. Going there is my middle finger to liberals.

    • John Smith

      I’d pick Eastern and SE Europe instead. Marienburg Castle, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Slovenia, Dubrovnik, Durmitor NP, Plitvice Lakes NP, etc.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        I’d play the Northern corners—mainly Iceland and Finland. For something warmer with beaches: Formentera.

      • newscomments70

        I was thinking about that as well, especially Krakow.

  • No sea rescues. Instead, catch and repatriate. That is, once the blacks and browns have landed on sacred Euro soil, they would be immediately sent back, with a warning that if caught a second time, they would do prison, sentenced to hard labor. A third offense would be punishable by death.

    The Pope would be in a real snit if such a policy were implemented, but in the long run, it would prevent those drownings at sea because the incentive to illegally cross the Med would disappear.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Time to put The Afrika Korps back in North Africa. This time they can sweep across Libya, Tunisia and Morocco mowing down migrant invaders instead of The British 8th Army.

    • listenupbub

      I figure that if some European sailors go out a little ways in the sea, they could just gun down the boats, and nobody would catch them. They could fish while they wait for their cannon fodder.

    • John Smith

      Sink and destroy.

  • Light from the East

    “These people are risking their lives, and many people are losing their lives at sea. It
    is also an operational emergency.”

    They realize their risks, so you should stand aside. For those rescued illegals, deport them all. If they decide to come again, repeat the process.

    for (illegal immigrants = 130000; i >0; i–)
    {
    deport (illegal immigrants);
    }

    • George Moriarty

      The latest news is that the people smugglers are actually tipping off the Italian Coastguard so that the boats will be rescued. The Muslim people smugglers were doing exactly the same here 18 months ago so that the Australian Navy would rescue the boats.
      However Oz got tough, really tough and STOPPED the boats. Of course we are still in trouble with the UN and the Greens for doing this.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Let’s hope the Abbott government stands up to the Cultural Marxists who wish flood your land – and all White lands – with 4th world “refugees.”

        Abbott said new laws would remedy failings on the immigration, welfare, policing and intelligence fronts by clamping down on supporters of radicals, especially Muslim welfare recipients, and also target “hate preachers.”

        The Abbott government is now negotiating with Iran to take back its own nationals, who comprise roughly 80% of the detainees, but it’s proving a tough nut to crack as Iran just says ‘we can’t take back our own if they didn’t want to be here in the first place’. Our Foreign Minister is in Iran as I write trying to work out a deal about sending them back.

        refugeeresettlementwatch wordpress com/2015/04/15/comment-worth-noting-correspondent-from-australia-brings-us-up-to-date/

        I understand the boats are hauled somewhere away from Australia for “processing” – does that mean the refugees eventually gain entry into Australia??

        • George Moriarty

          Thank you Bon for that interesting response.Unfortunately the situation is still far from resolved, there is a lot of pressure from the UHHCR, pressure from the Greens who often hold the balance of power in this country as well as a lot of well funded legal challenges. They still manage to arrive on tourist and other visas and are easily absorbed into our ever increasing Muslim population.

  • Diversity Heretic

    I can’t help but notice that there is no similar migration across the Black Sea towards the Crimea or Ukraine. Wonder why that is?

    • corvinus

      Turkey is richer than Ukraine.

      • bv

        But Muslim.

    • bv

      You get wealthy enough and enter Ukraine? Then they’ll be there in droves.

  • KenelmDigby

    Eventually, it is certain that the vast bulk of these invaders will end up in the UK, thanks to the EU’s open borders policy.
    For this reason it is imperative that the UK leaves the EU as soon as possible.
    If you are British and can vote in May’s General Election, you must vote UKIP.
    ALL of the other mainstream parties want Britain to stay in the EU, and thus eventually take in these hundreds of thousands if not millions of invaders.

  • Eagle1212

    The same thing is happening with the border here with Mexico, thousands of not millions of illegals are swarming here destroying the quality of life and stealing from American citizens. All countries in the world should start securing their borders and the US should do the same thing. Detain and deport all illegal border jumpers.

    • ElComadreja

      A shoot on sight policy at the border would be fine with me.

  • bv

    Sink every boat.

  • Paleoconn

    To avoid the Eye of Sauron, Italy is pretending to not be racist by rescuing this 21st century African flotilla of rickety SS Minnows. Of course, once on shore, they give them a few bucks and send them north to France, UK, Germany, Scandinavia.

    This is another reason open borders Europe was a bad idea from the start.

    I wonder if His Altruismness Pope Francis would be willing to take some of these nice migrants into his own living quarters? Nah, I don’t wonder.