Italy’s new populist leaders have promised to get to work expelling barbarian invaders.
The country’s new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini was heading to Sicily Sunday to push the anti-invasion platform that propelled him to power at one of the country’s main landing points for invading barbarians.
The head of the patriotic League is on the road seeking to rally support for his party’s candidates in municipal elections later this month, as part of a broader effort to boost the traditionally secessionist party’s profile in the country’s poorer south, France24 reports.
The invasion is Salvini’s primary bugbear and the newly minted deputy prime minister in Italy’s populist coalition government has added a stop in invasion hotspot Pozzallo.
The port town in Sicily’s south is on the front line: one of the main places where military and humanitarian boats bring barbarian invaders from across North Africa and the Middle East.
A controversial agreement between Italy’s former center left government and authorities and militias in Libya has triggered a fall in overall arrivals of some 75 per cent since the summer of 2017.
But since the start of this year, Italian authorities have registered more than 13,500 arrivals.
The latest came late Friday, just hours after Salvini took his oath of office, with some 158 barbarian invaders, landing in Pozzallo after being rescued by a “humanitarian” boat in an operation coordinated by the Italian coastguard.
Salvini had said after being sworn in that he would ask his ministry’s experts “how to reduce the number of arriving migrants and increase the number of expulsions”.
“The good times for illegals is over – get ready to pack your bags,” he said Saturday at a rally in Italy’s north.
“Countries need to start doing their job and no more smugglers should be docking in Italian ports,” he said in a swipe at the NGOs organising rescues at sea, which he has regularly accused of complicity with people traffickers.
Salvini’s fellow deputy prime minister, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star movement Luigi Di Maio, has also called rescue NGOs “taxis on the sea” although his rhetoric on the invasion is more measured than that of the League.
To speed up deportations – of which there were just 6,500 in 2017 – Salvini will have to increase the number of detention centers and sign agreements with origin countries, many of which are not eager to re-receive their barbarian invaders.
In a bid to find funds, Salvini is eyeing the billions of euros set aside every year to deal with the demands of the third-world barbarians.
In 2017, the former government announced a budget of some 4.2 billion euros for barbarian invaders, of which 18 per cent is for rescues at sea, 13 per cent for health care, and 65 per cent for invader reception centers, which host some 170,000 people.
The centres in particular attract Salvini’s ire.
The vast majority of existing centres are run by co-operatives or NGOs who were promised 25-35 euros per day for each barbarian invader they provide with lodging, clothes and other services including legal aid or psychological support.
Salvini will be in Luxembourg Tuesday for a meeting of EU interior ministers with the agenda set to be dominated by discussion of the EU’s controversial Dublin rule, whereby would-be refugees must file for asylum in the first bloc member-state they enter.
The accord heavily penalises Italy, which has seen more than 700,000 barbarian invaders make landfall since 2013.
In early years the vast majority would continue their journeys to northern Europe, but the introduction of EU-backed processing centres to ensure barbarian invaders are identified at their first European entry point and tighter border controls installed by France, Switzerland and Austria are now creating roadblocks along this well-worn route.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 4th, 2018