My posts from the end of of last week have looked at the recent migration Europe has experienced in 2015: emotional manipulation, including the photo of Aylan Kurdi, and the story of the camps in Calais.

Where there are true refugee cases, European countries should continue to process them.

However, in other instances, it is hard to believe that every person taking a boat to Italy, Greece or Turkey is a legitimate refugee.

Whereas the political elite and well meaning middle and upper middle class support unlimited migration with no borders, the ordinary European is becoming either suspicious or angry about a sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of people from abroad, especially when the demeanour and behaviour of many can only be termed as aggressive. Economically, EU citizens are right to wonder how this will be paid for and whether they will have to pay more tax. Logistically, they want to know where and how the new arrivals will be housed, fed and clothed. Who will find them jobs and teach them the language of their host country?

France

Germany took in more migrants at the first weekend in September than they could accommodate.

The excess went to France on Wednesday, September 9: 200 left Munich for Champagne-sur-Seine in Seine-et-Marne and Cergy-Pontoise in the Val d’Oise. Both towns are relatively close to Paris.

Francois Hollande agreed last week to take in 24,000 migrants over the next two years. The aforementioned 200 from Germany are part of this number. This is in addition to the 9,000 France had already committed to accept.

France is currently attempting to accommodate 65,000 asylum seekers. The additional 33,000 will prove problematic to house whilst their cases are being reviewed.

In the case of the current 65,000, there are only 25,000 places in the country’s refugee centres. At the end of June, the government instituted a ‘migrant plan’ which freed up 11,000 more places in emergency social housing. However, simple sums tell the story: tens of thousands more places must somehow be created. Where and how remain to be seen.

The Côte d’Azur has been experiencing problems with migrants since the beginning of the year coming over from the neighbouring Italian border. Extra police have been on duty for months. Recently, this has been strengthened with four mobile patrols, two from the police and two from the CRS. The new commitment to take in more migrants does not change the current border patrol policy, the deputy prefect of Grasse, Philippe Castanet, said on September 7. No one without appropriate papers will be allowed to migrate from Italy to France, according to Schengen rules. Nice-Matin reported:

‘100 to 200 persons are arrested every day,’ he said. A majority are sent back to Italy.

The others — a third of the total — this weekend being the fifth [of the new patrols], according to the deputy prefect, can’t be because of the lack of tangible evidence of coming in from Italy or because they are minors travelling alone.

Another Nice-Matin article says that, despite the calls for individual French households to take in refugees and for relaxing laws concerning refugees, most Côte d’Azur residents, local councilmen and regional legislators are opposed to both.

Italy

On August 31, The Telegraph reported on the tragic murder of an elderly couple in Sicily, victims of a violent robbery in their home. Police believe the suspect to be an African asylum seeker from the Ivory Coast who had been living at the refugee camp in nearby Mineo.

Mamadou Kamara, an 18-year-old from the Ivory Coast, allegedly slit the throat of Vincenzo Solano, 68, and then attacked his Spanish-born wife, Mercedes Ibanez, 70.

Ms Ibanez fell to her death from a second-floor balcony, during a robbery that turned violent.

Mineo allows those being processed to come and go as they please. The result is that the camp is a place:

where prostitution, links with organised crime and the trade in illicit goods is said to be rife.

Kamara was arrested on his return to the camp. Mr Solano’s daughter later identified a pair of blood-soaked trousers as belonging to her father. Detectives think that other migrants at the facility could have also been involved.

The incident is one more which continues to harden Italian opinion against continued migration:

with some of the country’s 20 regions refusing to accommodate any more migrants and centre-Right parties accusing the centre-Left government of Matteo Renzi, the prime minister, of having lost control of the country’s borders …

“The murdered couple had returned from living in Germany to enjoy their retirement in Sicily,” a relative told La Stampa newspaper. “They shouldn’t have died like this, slaughtered like goats.”

Earlier, in July, The Telegraph reported on the violence that broke out in Treviso in the north and in Rome.

In 2014, Italy took in 170,000 migrants. In 2015, the country took in 84,000 more by the time these disturbances took place.

In Casale San Nicola, a group of Italian protestors, including a number from the far-right Casapound, injured 14 police officers and 19 migrants had to be taken by police escort to a former school which had been converted into a migrant reception centre:

Protesters also burned rubbish skips and bales of hay and tried to block a road.

Clutching Italian flags, they said they wanted their suburb to remain “Italian” and claimed they did not have adequate infrastructure to deal with the migrants.

The Guardian had a fuller story about Casale San Nicola, a pleasant community (emphases mine):

While some in Casale San Nicola believe Italy – and Europe – have a duty to assist the migrants, most interviewed by the Guardian were clearly disdainful of their new neighbours.

Sylvia Pilotti, a hairdresser who works just a few miles away from the new migrant centre, said: “They’re not really refugees. It’s not like they are coming from famine and war.

“When the bus arrived, the refugees were all very well dressed, with iPhones, and while the Italians there were screaming at them they were doing like this,” she said, holding up her middle finger. “Do you know what that means?”

Her elderly customer silently nodded in agreement.

Outside the hairdressers, Camilla, a 16-year-old student, took a drag on her cigarette and said she wants the migrants out.

She said: “They are right to protest. I live nearby.” When asked about the circumstances many of the new arrivals have faced – a dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean, and war and conflict at home – she said: “I have a different mentality. I think they shouldn’t come to Italy. The good people stay in their own countries and here they send the delinquents and the drunks, and they bother Italian girls, it’s not a nice thing.

Earlier the same day in Treviso, authorities were forced to relocate 101 migrants, the majority of whom were from Africa, to a nearby army barracks:

Residents in the town of Quinto di Treviso, outside Treviso, set mattresses, television sets and furniture on fire in protest at the resettlement, saying they did not want the migrants living nearby.

They had seized the objects after breaking into the buildings, protesting against what they said was “an invasion”.

The Telegraph reported that Luca Zaia, the governor of the region, Veneto, said:

“two out of every three” of the refugees were economic migrants and did not have the right to claim asylum in Italy, calling for the international community to set up processing centres in North Africa where genuine asylum seekers could be distinguished from economic migrants.

“In my region we have 517,000 immigrants, 42,000 of them without jobs. We have no more room for them – enough,” he said.

He makes an important point: set up processing centres elsewhere so that genuine refugees can be separated from migrants. Process the refugees’ casework then send them to Italy and elsewhere in Europe. The frustration is that it is unlikely the EU will allow this. This is further complicated by the constant calls from the EU elite for Europe to operate as a single entity, without nations. Martin Schulz, a socialist and president of the European Parliament — an unelected position — said in 2012:

My position is that I am a completely convinced European, in favour of European integration. We cannot continue to cling to the idea of the Nation State. We must develop a transnational level to be able to face the challenges of the 21st century.

That means that whatever the EU demands must be done. Forget Europe’s history and the needs of her people. This will end in tears.

However, let us take Schulz’s grand plan and examine it against what is happening now. Even if Europe were divided solely into regions — oh, the horror — there would still be migratory problems from one to the other. On September 2, Italy, Austria and Germany had to co-ordinate a border response to migration from the Balkans. The Telegraph reported:

Italy is ready to impose identification checks at Brennero on the border with Austria after receiving a request from Germany for help in easing the flow of migrants into Bavaria, the northern province of Bolzano said on Wednesday …

The region will also take in “between 300 and 400 refugees”, housing them temporarily in a number of gyms already equipped for such use, under the organisation of the civil protection agency, and at the cost of the state.

“Bavaria is witnessing record arrivals of refugees, mainly via the Balkan route, which is creating an unmanageable situation,” the province said, adding that efforts were underway “to find new structures and cope immediately with the exponential growth in the number of migrants”.

The situation is unmanageable, yet, the EU says that everything is fine. We can absorb more and more for years to come. But, where and how?

The point is we cannot even take care of the people we have, let alone welcome an ongoing, sizeable influx of migrants in an orderly, sensible manner.

Bulgarian-Macedonian border

Speaking of the Balkan route, on September 1, Breitbart reported that suspected Islamists had been arrested at the Bulgarian-Macedonian border. They were posing as refugees (emphases mine):

The men were stopped by a border guard, who they attempted to bribe with a “wad of dollars.” However, they were searched and Islamic State propaganda, specific Jihadist prayers and decapitation videos were found on their phones

In a move that suggests how seriously authorities are taking the case, the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security (DANS) has now taken control of the investigation under the supervision of the regional prosecutor’s office in Kyustendil.

The men chose to cross in a wooded area, local media have reported, and took a car from an accomplice who had crossed legally from Macedonia with the vehicle.

Bulgaria has recently completed a 15-foot high razor wire clad fence along 50 miles of its south-eastern border with Turkey to control the mass movement of migrants from the Middle East and Asia into Europe via the so-called Balkans route.

However, the Gyueshevo border checkpoint where the men crossed sits on Bulgaria’s western border with Macedonia. It is likely the men chose to enter there to avoid the new strict border controls on the other side of the country.

No surprise there.

More evidence that we cannot accept at face value everyone who says he is a refugee.

Switzerland

Even non-EU countries could be affected by the migratory flow.

On September 6, Jurg Noth, head of the Swiss border guard, warned about the increasing number of migrants along Switzerland’s borders with Germany and Austria:

In Buchs in the north-eastern canton of St. Gallen, border guards identified 709 illegal immigrants in August compared to 209 in July and 110 in June. Noth said that reinforcements were being brought in to Buchs and the Rhine valley but warned that more border guards in the east will mean cuts elsewhere, especially along the northern border. 

Switzerland currently has around 2000 guards manning its borders. The Swiss cabinet had recently approved 48 additional border guards for the eastern border but Noth estimates that between 200 to 300 might be needed.

EU in great difficulty

As we saw in the aforementioned news stories from France and Italy, Angela Merkel’s pledge to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants will, as The Telegraph put it, ‘test the EU project to destruction’. The following is important to note:

Faced with a human flood, Mrs Merkel has abandoned the Dublin Convention that requires asylum-seekers to be processed in their country of arrival. Berlin’s new policy will allow Syrian refugees to apply for asylum in Germany, rather than in their first port of call.

Juncker, Schulz and others in the EU hierarchy can’t help but love this one. Her move completely ignores the rule of law. As we have read, such recklessness is coming back to bite and is adversely affecting nations nearby. They are called upon to dig her out of a deep hole.

Furthermore:

The present uncontrolled influx is not how the system is designed to work – but the scale of the exodus from the Muslim world means that rules are being flouted as each country protects its own interest.

Meanwhile, the lack of border controls within Europe is allowing migrants to make for countries with generous rules on asylum and welfare, especially Germany and the UK.

More to come tomorrow as the story continues.

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