Foolishly, last October Italy’s left-wing government became the first European Union country to decriminalise illegal immigration and deploy its navy at huge expense to save ‘illegal’ migrants crossing the narrow Sicilian channel in open boats from North Africa (Libya mainly) in order to bring them to Italy and thus the European Union â€” where most remain. Few get sent back: sent back where, exactly? …
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Britain will offer the strong security fences used at last week’s Nato summit to the French port of Calais, which is struggling to block migrants seeking illegal passage to the UK. Far-right protesters carried placards on Sunday that said: “Kick them out!”.
The policy change, driven by a perverted mix of human decency and political correctness, was pure folly: it has acted as a green light to wannabe boat people everywhere, whose numbers soar as the chaos in Africa and the Middle East escalates. The result is an exodus of biblical proportions out of Africa into Italy. So far this year, more than 100,000 boat people have arrived in Italy â€” two thirds of them brought ashore by the Italian navy. That is more than double the number who arrived in 2011, the previous record year. It is estimated that the total by the end of 2014 will surpass 200,000. So far this year Italy has deported only 10,000.
Italy is unable to cope. Its few temporary stay identification centres are full to the gunnels and it has been forced to house boat people in hotels and council flats. Each boat person costs Italian taxpayers â‚¬43 a day, says the government, which is â‚¬4.3 million a day for this year’s 100,000 (so far) alone… Increasingly, the police just dump coachloads of them at big stations such as Milan with no money or documents â€” and buona notte, arrivederci.
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