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Italy’s leftist government grants 600,000 illegal migrants amnesty

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Italy’s leftist-establishment government earlier this week moved ahead with plans to grant amnesty to 600,000 illegal migrants living in the country, despite widespread opposition.

As Teresa Bellanova, Italy’s pro-mass migration Agriculture Minister, signed the bill which granted six-month residency permits to illegal migrants working in the agricultural and domestic sectors into law on Wednesday, she cried tears of joy, Il Giornale reports.

The new decree has faced considerable criticism from inside and outside of Italy’s ruling coalition. The Five Star Movement, which rules alongside the Left-wing establishment Democratic Party (PD), had initially lobbied for one month residency permits to be granted to the migrant laborers, but failed to impress their will upon the seemingly more powerful PD.

Outside of the ruling coalition, Right-wing populists like Matteo Salvini of the League Party and Giorgia Meloni of Brothers of Italy (FdI) argued that the Agriculture Minister’s tears were entirely misplaced.

Responding to Bellnova’s antics, Salvini said: “Minister Bellanova’s tears for the poor immigrants, with no reference to the millions of unemployed Italians, do not move anyone.”

“Instead of securing jobs for the millions of unemployed Italians and the many regular and respectable immigrants present in Italy, the government thinks of an amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants,” the former interior minister also said.

Giorgia Meloni also took the opportunity to blast the minister’s stunt, saying: “Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Italians have cried, perhaps at night, secretly from their children, crushed by desperation for losing everything, or for fear of losing everything. help that never came.”

Senator Stefano Candiani of Salvini’s League party has vowed to oppose the decree in every way possible.

“We will do everything democratically in our possession to stop this wicked project, we will collect signatures, if necessary, to promote a referendum and force them to the polls, where the Italians will punish them severely.”

The new decree is expected to affect between 500,000 and 600,000 illegal migrants in the country.
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Italy: 400 North African migrants land illegally in Sicily

Roughly 400 North African migrants illegally disembarked on Sunday afternoon on the beach of Palma di Montechiar in Sicily. A mass landing of this size hasn’t occurred in Italy for years.

After being dropped off a few meters from the beach by the mother ship, the migrants dispersed into small groups and attempted to blend in with the normal population. Some were seen walking along the highway while others ran to the countryside area, La Stampa reports.

Police, carabinieri, and a military helicopter managed to track down and arrest about sixty of the migrants.

A few hours earlier, a group of 52 migrants from sub-Saharan African disembarked illegally on the island of Linosa, the smallest of the Pelagie islands. According to reports, all were detained by the carabinieri. They’re expected to be transferred to Lampedusa in the coming days.

On Saturday, two boats carrying a total of 46 Tunisian migrants were escorted to Lampedusa by coast guard patrol boats. All were disembarked at the Favaloro pier.

The same day, the Gurdia di Finanza – a militarized police force which operates under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance – intercepted three small boats carrying a total of 27 off the coast of Trapani, a city in western Sicily.

Between January 1st and May 22nd of this year, 4,445 migrant landings have taken place in Italy, compared to 1,361 in the same period of 2019. That’s more than a 300 percent increase in a single year.
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Mass amnesty for illegal migrants in Italy has been a failure, interior ministry data shows

Italy's amnesty offering to the country's estimated 600,000 illegal migrants in order to bolster the agricultural sector has been a major failure, according to data from the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

For days, the public waited for the first official Interior Ministry data to be published. As there was no press conference or a statement, for several hours, the eyes were turned to the website of the Interior Ministry, where the listed numbers showed the first snapshot of the progress made in the regularization of undocumented foreign workers, which started two weeks ago.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the anti-immigration League party, had earlier opposed the plan that would grant migrants work and residency permits for a minimum of six months with the ability to renew the permits indefinitely.

From June 1 until 1 p.m. on Monday, 32,000 applications for work permits were submitted in total. Out of this number, 23,950 had been already completed and 7,762 were in progress, Il Giornale reported.

However, a closer look at the data reveals that most of the applications do not concern the agricultural sector as the government expected when approving the decree.

"Domestic work and personal assistance represent 91 percent of the applications already completed (21,695), with 76 percent of them in progress (5,906)," states the data of the interior ministry. Furthermore, such numbers are not even coming close to the number expected by the government, as it presumed that about 220,000 migrants would complete applications.

It is a clear sign that mainly foreign workers employed in house service and personal care will benefit from the amnesty, but laborers working in the agricultural sector represent only a small portion of applicants. Italy's left-wing government first argued that 80,000 migrants would be needed to work on farms in justifying the mass amnesty.

"In the distribution of applications by regions, Lombardy is in first place in terms of submitted applications for domestic work and personal assistance and Campania for the agriculture," reads the report.

The data regarding the distribution of applications by country of origin of the worker are also interesting as Morocco, Egypt, and Bangladesh are at the top for domestic work and personal assistance. India, Albania, and Morocco are then on the top of the list for agriculture.

"Out of 23,950 employers who have completed the application for regularization, 17,294 are Italian (72% of the total)," reports the final part of the document.

The next update of the document is expected to be published in two weeks.

The amnesty measure was approved as the result of the coronavirus pandemic making workers leave the Italian countryside due to the national emergency as the vast majority of workers, mostly from Eastern Europe, preferred to return to their homeland to spend this time with their family.

But, so far, the data show that the urgency in which Italian Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova insisted on introducing the measure was unfounded. She originally threatened to resign from her position if migrants were not given amnesty and cried tears of joy when the measure was passed. She also argued that the law was needed in order to supply Italy's farm sector with legal migrant workers due to the coronavirus crisis.

"At the national level, numbers in agriculture are really low, we are talking about a hundred of applications in the whole Italy," Romano Magrini pointed out on June 4.

Up until now, the low number of applicants, especially for agricultural work, are adding ammunition to critics of the amnesty plan. As a result, even some members of the Democratic Party, led by Laura Boldrini, have announced their intention to present some amendments to the regularization of foreign workers when discussing the law in the Chamber of Deputies.

The League party also plans to introduce amendments to the amnesty to stop the law from going into full effect.
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The captain of an Italian-flagged ship is to be tried for allegedly forcing migrants back to Libya, in the first such case in Italy, documents seen by AFP show.

The Asso 28 supply ship picked up 101 migrants near an oil and gas rig in international waters, before taking them to the port of Tripoli and handing them over to the Libyan coast guard, according to prosecutors in Naples.

The captain and a representative of the Augusta Offshore company that owns the ship are accused of violating international laws that forbid the forced return of people to countries where they or their rights are at risk.

Libya is not considered a port of safety under international law.

The rescue took place on July 30, 2018 near the Sabratha platform which is operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas, a consortium of Libya's National Oil Corporation and Italy's ENI.

Among those pulled from the unseaworthy dinghy were five minors and five pregnant women.

Despite the rescue taking place on an Italian-flagged ship which was under Rome's jurisdiction, no call was made to Italy's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), the documents show.

The Augusta Offshore company at the time said the rescue had been coordinated by the "Marine department of Sabratha", in conjunction with a representative of the Libyan coast guard who had boarded the Asso 28.

Eni said it had been coordinated by the Libyan coast guard.

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Investigative reporter Nello Scavo for the Avvenire newspaper, who first wrote about the case, said Italian prosecutors had found no trace of a Marine department of Sabratha, or evidence that the Libyan MRCC had been alerted.

The ship's register also showed no mention of a Libyan official on board, he said.

Prosecutors in Naples have taken into evidence audio recordings of radio contact that day between the Asso 28 and the Open Arms charity rescue ship, which had requested details on the migrants' position and condition.

Nicola Fratoianni, MP and the leader of the Italian Left party, who was on board at the time as an observer, told AFP Saturday that the Open Arms had warned the ASSO 28 that returning the migrants to Libya "was illegal".

"They (the Asso 28) first said they had had an order from their boss on the Sabratah platform, a platform ENI works on, and then they said the rescue had been coordinated by the Libyan authorities".

No attempt was made to identify the migrants, check their health, verify whether the minors were unaccompanied, or ask those rescued if they were seeking asylum, all of which violate international conventions, the prosecutors claim.

Fratoianni described it as "an explicit collective pushback on the part of a ship flying the Italian flag".

The trial was key to "getting to the truth behind too frequent episodes in the central Mediterranean," he said.

"Not just the infinite tragedies, drownings, deaths, but also the illegal pushbacks, which go against all international laws".

A trial date has yet to be set but is expected to be after the judiciary August summer break.
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They are complaining that Tripoli is a safe port... Not so sure Italian ports are all that safe, specially not for Italians...
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Thousands of African boat migrants have made the journey across from Tunisia to Lampedusa (Italy) in recent days. They come with their purse dogs, sun glasses, polished nails and so on. There is no war in Tunisia!

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Hey! When did the war in Tunisia start?

Had no idea Tunisia, one of the most prosperous African Muslim countries, had become a war torn nation from which strapping young, military-aged men with their fancy Smartphones would be fleeing by boat, while planning to declare themselves “refugees” seeking asylum when they arrive at the Italian island of Lampedusa.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1296058935577845760

And here’s more:
Tunisia barge full of African illegal immigrants directed to Lampedusa: all smiling men with gold necklaces, smartphones, shoulder bags, straw hats, Nike shoes and clothes. Di Maio and Lamorgese threw 11 million euros down the toilet.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1296053381329498120
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They come as missionaries to spread Islam to the infidel.

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Brit artist Banksy funds Med rescue boat

Since Banksy is paying for this boat it seems to me unfair on him that the Italians are benefitting from his largesse by getting to keep all the refugees. We need a crowd fund to finance the transport of these fine people to Banksy's front door and cut them each a key so they can let themselves in to his house when they get there.
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Salvini Ally Threatened with Rape After Opposing Mosque

A female colleague from populist Senator Matteo Salvini’s League has received death and rape threats, many allegedly from migrants, after opposing the construction of a temporary mosque.

Silvia Sardone, who serves in the European Parliament for the League, received a torrent of threats after coming out against a proposal to build a temporary mosque in the Via Novara area of the city of Milan.

Social media posts and messaging apps allegedly show the League MEP threatened with being set on fire, according to screenshots seen by Italian newspaper Il Giornale. Another person is said to have told the politician: “We foreigners will come into your house and rape you.”

According to Ms Sardone, many of the threats came from foreigners. She said they “highlight, once again, that there is a latent hatred towards those who dare to demand rules, controls, security on the issue of mosques”.

“It will not be these threats of rape or death that will stop me from denouncing the [Democratic Party’s] submission to certain Islamic communities and the risks to the city,” she said.

“I have already instructed my lawyer to denounce this scum. I will continue to stand by citizens who are calling for the closure of illegal mosques, having listened for years to the promises of Mayor Sala and then be disappointed,” she added.

The Democratic Party (PD) in Milan has been alleged to have close ties with the local Muslim community for years. In 2018, the Mosque of Segrate on the outskirts of the city urged local Muslims to vote for the PD.

As Breitbart London reported at the time, the mosque told believers to vote for the PD due to the party’s support for the policy of birthright citizenship or jus soli. It was not the only mosque to tell Muslims to vote for left-wing parties that year.
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What concise and cogent arguments can be made AGAINST building mosques when applications are made? For many non-Muslims still - perhaps the majority - a mosque is just a place where Muslims go to pray. Nothing more sinister than that. What are the characteristics of mosques that make them any more undesirable to have in your neighborhood than a church or synagog or Hindu temple?
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Italy's new left-wing immigration rules could bring back chaos

Drug trafficking has exploded in Rome's majestic Colle Oppio Park and yet the government focuses on putting Matteo Salvini in prison

Italy is in danger due to a new escalation in migration chaos, but the left-wing government would rather attack Matteo Salvini than deal with the issue of illegal migrant camps in the heart of the capital of Rome, League senator Simone Pillon told conservative Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap.

Barely a week has passed since the government abolished most of former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's security and migration ordinances and already the number of newly arrived immigrants has skyrocketed. In 30 hours, 725 more illegal immigrants reached the shores of Sicily, the right-wing daily Il Giornale reported on Monday.

The new migration amendments, drafted by Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and negotiated between coalition partners for months, provide an incentive for migrants on their way to Europe and the NGOs assisting them. Registration centers in Sicily have been crowded, and the government continues to treat the island like the country’s dumping ground. Most immigrants are Tunisians who left their country for economic reasons, so they are not eligible for refugee status.

They should be transported back to their homeland on board the quarantine tourist boats, suggested Stefano Caldani, the Sicilian senator for the League.

"Even the blind can see that it is organized travel, people smuggling, otherwise it would be impossible for thousands of immigrants to arrive in a matter of days," said the anti-immigration opposition party's politician.

The Colle Oppio Park in the historic center of Rome, occupied by African criminal gangs and drug traffickers, is regularly featured on the front pages of Italian newspapers. The stunningly beautiful park, a stone's throw from the Colosseum, now evokes the atmosphere of a migrant hostel. Dirty mattresses are lying in the open air, clothes are spread over bushes and statues, and beer bottles and feces can be seen next to the classic fountains.

Locals regularly report acts of violence and the boom in drug trafficking to the authorities, however, law enforcement does not seem to be able to put an end to the trade. Instead, they are focusing on punishing families going to school for neglecting to wear a mask outside.

Simone Pillon, senator of the League party and a member of the Immunity Committee of the Italian Senate, told Magyar Hírlap about the double standards prevailing in the country and the inconsistency over applying the law. Human traffickers generate billions in revenue by transporting hopeless people across the Mediterranean to the shores of Italy while trying at the same time to imprison Salvini for protecting Italy's borders during his tenure, he pointed out.

"As minister, Salvini fought for the security of Italy. Instead of supporting him, the country will take him to court, while human traffickers continue to profit from the skin of the innocent," Pillon said.

"This is nothing more than surrendering to the great powers who are lobbying for forced immigration, moving hundreds of thousands of people from Africa to Europe. In many cases, refugees are victims and international organizations are executioners," he said. "They are the ones who should be brought to justice, not the former interior minister who tried to end the illegality."
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And, on its way to England.

The 'migrant invasion continues' in Italy, warns Matteo Salvini

The migrant camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa has been again flooded with illegal immigrants after 900 landed there Monday night after 600 already landed on Sunday, League leader Matteo Salvini said.

After information came to light that the Islamic terrorist attack in Nice, France, was perpetrated by an illegal migrant from Tunisia who first landed on Lampedusa island on Sept. 20, Salvini warned that the number of terrorists and potential killers among the latest arrivals is unknown.

Almost 700 arrived at night with twelve boats, and in the morning 200 more arrived ashore with three more boats. The smallest group was 14, and the largest nearly a 100. Nine hundred people at a time have traditionally been housed at the island’s registration center for illegal migrants, where there are less than 200 spots. Barely a day ago, just over a 100 previously arrived immigrants from the camp were transferred to the Suprema quarantine ship after 600 migrants in 14 separate boats also landed in Lampedusa on Sunday.

Salvini, the leader of the opposition League party, wrote on his Facebook page that Italians get coronavirus lockdowns while migrants get "open ports".

"Shame on you!" wrote Salvini, who called on the current Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese to "wake up and resign" after the terror attack on Nice last week, stressing that while everything and everyone will be locked down due to the coronavirus epidemic, the movement of migrants is the only exception to any restrictions.


"In Italy, the catastrophe of migrant invasion continues... How many terrorists and potential killers will be among the newcomers? Will the government continue to claim that the strict migration policy I represent posed a threat? Enough with the [government's] lies, ports must be closed, landings must end, and we must oblige Tunisia and the other countries of origin to adhere to strict rules," Salvini wrote.

The leader of the right-wing opposition recalled that the Nice assassin also arrived to Lampedusa on Sept. 20 was placed on a quarantine ship, but was eventually allowed to leave the country after Italian authorities lost all trace of him. On Oct. 29, he killed three people at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice.

According to Maurizio Gasparri, a senator from another opposition party, Forza Italia, said the armed forces should protect the Italian borders.

"The continued arrival of migrant ships could lead to further tragedies in Italy and Europe. Whoever helps the arrival of migrants puts guns in the hands of potential killers," Gasparri said.

Antonio de Lieto, secretary general of the independent police union in Lisipo, noted that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are not fugitives from war or persecution, a fact confirmed by data. He explained that the terrorist attack in Nice reflects poorly on Italy's interior minister, who has a policy of open ports.

"The closure of ports cannot be postponed any longer, uncontrolled migration is a threat to national security. The interior minister will close the ports or resign," he added.

Seventy migrants were transferred from Lampedusa to Porto Empedocle, Sicily, on board the quarantine ship Allegra on Monday. After being identified, they will be distributed among other migrant centers in Italy.

Prto Empedocle mayor, Ida Carmina, who belongs to the left-wing coalition government’s Five Star Movement (M5S), protested against the move, pointing out that the problem of migration and the coronavirus epidemic is compounded by the threat of terrorism.

"The population is worried, and we can’t become a European migrant camp," he said, adding that many migrants are fleeing the centers before they can be tested for the virus.

By Sunday night, nearly 28,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in Italy since Jan. 1, up from less than 10,000 last year.
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Invasion.

Muslims don't mind the bigoted islamophobes. They soon will be extinct. Then Europe is theirs.

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From now on only boats full of gays will land in Italy. :*)
New Italian border protection amendment to allow migrants entry if they declare themselves LGBT

With each “progressive” step that neo-enlightened Europe takes, the closer we are to an abyss of absurdity, notes writer and columnist Tomasz Łysiak

A new option has been opened up to illegal migrants. Simply claim that you are gay, and we’ll let you in, give you benefits and a roof over your heads.

It is a seemingly small but significant change.

A new decree concerning border security is being prepared in Italy. The previous enactments of Matteo Salvini have been negated long ago, but work in parliament commissions is ongoing.

At the initiative of the Italian Democratic Party, and in particular of Laura Boldrini, the new Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese has prepared a “small amendment”.

There are already whole classes of migrants who are not allowed to be sent away from Italy’s borders. This current system concerns people from countries in which they could face religious, sexual, racial, or “civic” persecution.

Now, Lamorgese introduces additional criteria of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”.

How does this translate in reality?

According to the new norms, there are those who are more equal than others.
Imagine that a ship full of young migrants arrives at — let’s say — Lampedusa. All they have to do is declare themselves as gay, lesbian, non-binary persons, or transgender and add that they are oppressed in their country of origin for their sexual orientation. In such a case, Italy would have no choice but to let them stay.

This is simply the next step in “progress” of neo-enlightened Europe as we march ever closer to the abyss.
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More great news from Italy. :whistling:
'Italians, we'll cut your throat' – Migrants shoot controversial music video in Sardinia reception center

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"Congratulations to the Conte-Lamorgese duo for the endless humiliation inflicted on the Italian people by welcoming those who bring war into our homes," wrote League leader Matteo Salvini on Facebook

A music video shot at a reception center in Sardinia, Italy, shows migrants from North Africa dancing and singing while threatening to cut the throats of Italians.

The graphic lyrics have not stopped some leftists from defending the men, claiming that "cultural difference" or language elements of street hip-hop language account for the lyrics, the Libero Quotidiano news platform informed.

The video of the migrants, who are currently in a reception center waiting to hear the status of their asylum applications, is making the rounds on social media networks. It was initially shared by the popular Radio Savana Twitter account.

"African illegal immigrants threaten to cut our throats. Italians are in lockdown while illegal immigrants in the reception center in Sardinia shoot music videos, escape, steal, harass minors, fight, get drunk, attack the police, and more," Radio Savana wrote about the video.

The League party leader Matteo Salvini noticed the video, criticizing the current government for letting migrants enter the country.

"North African illegal immigrants in the reception center in Sardinia in a music video! Accompanied by a nice message: 'Italians, we will cut your throat'. Congratulations to the Conte-Lamorgese duo for the endless humiliation inflicted on the Italian people by welcoming those who bring war into our homes," wrote Salvini on Facebook.

Last month, Radio Savana also shared a video of migrants wielding while illegally traveling to Italy.

"Barge full of North African illegal immigrants with knives arrives in Lampedusa. They turn on the music, sing, dance, and show us a knife. Conte is unloading former prisoners in Italy: the crème de la crème of Tunisian prisons," he wrote.

Salvini has been vocal against the large influx of migrants since a left-wing government gained control of the country, including thousands landing on Lampedusa last month. The deadly terrorist attack in Nice, France, last month was also carried out by a migrant who landed on Lampedusa and illegally made his way to France to carry out the attack.
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Former Italian admiral blasts mass migration pull factor created by NGO ‘slave ships’ breaking international law

Migrant rescue ships are only encouraging more dangerous crossing attempts and violating a range of laws, says Nicola De Felice

Retired Italian Rear Admiral Nicola De Felice was the head of Italy’s naval command in Sicily in the years 2015-2018 at the height of the migrant crisis. Among other tasks, he had to coordinate the rescue of 700 migrants from a boat which drowned off Libya’s shore in April 2015. Before that, he was the Italian Defense Attaché in Tunisia from 2007 to 2010. Since having retired from active service in 2018,

Now, De Felice is a senior fellow at the Centro Studi Machiavelli where he has been denouncing European NGOs for cooperating with human traffickers and breaking international law at sea.

In his latest piece published on Jan. 5, De Felice reacted to the arrival of 265 “fare-paying shipwreck victims” on board the Spanish NGO vessel Open Arms in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle. “Once again”, the navy officer wrote, “the blackmailing consisting of showing some minors present on board the ship has raised the false — hypocritical and do-gooding — solidarity of the weak Italian government, which, in spite of the problems with the pandemic and the difficulties the Italian people have to go through, is keeping its ports open, thus encouraging the uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants.”

Other “European governments of the ‘radical-chic’ European left”, as he calls them, are not spared either for they are reproached their lack of will to enforce international norms that should apply in such cases as that of the Open Arms’ latest "rescue" mission.

“By approaching Libyan coasts, NGO vessels activate the pull factor prompting human traffickers to reactivate their criminal business and send boats full of illegal immigrants in their direction. The Bengali, who were the second most numerous ethnicity to disembark in Italy in 2020, pay up to €30,000 per person to get on board the ships. NGOs thus indirectly become accomplices of the people trafficking business with its rising death toll at sea”.

Not only do NGOs such as Activa Open Arms from Spain encourage the human trafficking business and contribute to more deaths by drowning, says the former head of the navy command in Sicily, but they also break all international laws concerning rescue at sea, including the Hamburg Convention on Maritime search and Rescue. In fact, they never ask the competent country, which is not Italy, to indicate them the closest "Place of Safety", like the Tunisian ports which were, the rear admiral notes, full of European cruise boats before the Covid-19 pandemic.

NGOs also break other international and European norms, De Felice says, like article 13 of the Dublin Regulation, as per which the ship’s flag state (i.e. Spain in the present case) should take charge of the international protection and asylum requests of the "rescued" migrants.

According to the Italian Navy admiral, stopping illegal immigration in the Central Mediterranean route would be feasible if Germany, France and Italy had the will to act together to that effect. Without such resolve, the European Operation IRINI with navy vessels patrolling off the coasts of Libya to enforce the UN arms embargo is just another pull factor acting just the same way as NGO vessels.

“The operation could do a lot more, but it is not allowed to fight traffickers in Libyan territorial waters," De Felice lamented in an interview for the French alt-right website Breizh Info last July.

Last September, formerrear admiral De Felice wrote a letter to the ambassadors of Spain and Germany in Italy to denounce a de facto cooperation of Spanish ship Open Arms and German ship Sea-Watch – which he calls "slave ships’"– with criminal gangs of human traffickers in North Africa. His letter, however, was never answered.

In a November interview for El Correo de España, De Felipe denounced the destructive role played by the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia, governed by the same type of coalition of socialists with the far left as at national level — and by the port city of Burriana which have provided a base for the operation of five NGO ships in the Central Mediterranean: the Alan Kurdi, the Open Arms, the Sea-Watch 3, the Sea-Watch 4, and the Louise Michel.

In the same interview the former head of the Italian Navy’s Command in Sicily insisted on the need to "convince African governments to cooperate (...), including by resorting to massive repatriation by sea, moral persuasion, economic pressure, trade restrictions and military cooperation."

“The EU, instead of inventing inconclusive naval operations, should have a mixed European-Libyan/European-Tunisian surveillance and patrolling activity in Libyan and Tunisian territorial waters in order to block boats before they leave African soil," De Felice concluded in his piece published on Jan. 5, “and they should do that before it is too late for our beautiful Europe.”
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Great news for all young African boys who want to move to Europe.

Matteo Salvini , where are you!!!
Italian court: Migrants facing COVID-19 risks back in their home country can stay in Europe

Italian authorities will take into account whether COVID-19 negatively affects the health care and economy of the migrant's country of origin

A court in the Italian city of Milan ruled that the coronavirus situation in a migrant's country of origin will be taken into account when deciding which migrant can stay in the country. According to the ruling, migrants could be endangered by a lack of medical staff, equipment, or intensive care beds if they are returned to their country of origin.

As the Italian ANSA news agency branch focused on the Mediterranean area reported, a court in Milan ruled that the risk of COVID-19 infection could be used as a reason for granting humanitarian protection.

This so-called humanitarian protection status is given to those who do not obtain refugee status but would be at risk if they would return to their country of origin. However, each case would be reportedly assessed individually and migrants will not receive automatic protection.

In the decision process, authorities will take into account whether COVID-19 negatively affects the health care and economy of the migrant's country of origin, i.e. whether he or she would be at risk of lack of health care or hunger as a result of the pandemic.

The Italian media reported that the court's decision concerns applications submitted before the changes introduced by the then Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini in 2018.

According to Italian judges, the pandemic must be considered a risk factor in deciding whether a migrant is entitled to humanitarian protection as he or she could face issues in the country of origin due to the lack of intensive care beds, the lack of lung ventilators, or the lack of hospital staff.

With Italy's left-wing government relaxing rules at the border, the country has seen a massive surge in migrants entering the country in the last year.
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