Monday, April 4, 2016

About 1,900 "Migrants" arriving in Italy per day

The 'Balkan Route' is pretty much over, thank god. Boats are now actually sending back migrants from Greece to Turkey. However, few have noticed that things are getting worse and worse in Italy. Through March 22, Italy has received 160,547 "migrants." That's approximately 1,900 per day. Those numbers are about 1/5th of the peak numbers we saw in the Balkans, but this is still very significant, and Italy will creak under these circumstances. 

To get an idea of what's going to happen, all last year Italy received only 150,000 people, and was able to deport only 15,000 of them. Of those 150,000 people, only 500 have been "resettled" by the EU 'qualified majority' agreement reached last September. The remainder of them are kept in close camps where they cannot leave.

"So how many tend of thousands of people can you keep, year after year? Without returns, either you organize real prisons, or (...) the system will collapse," said interior minister Angelino Alfano.

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