Lampedusa declares state of emergency after 5,000+ migrants arrive in one day

ER Editor: All of a sudden, in an incredibly short space of time (24 hours? 48?), thousands of African migrants – young men of military age with cell phones wearing nice-looking T-shirts – have ‘invaded’ the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa in the middle of the Mediterranean. Lampedusa only has a native population of around 6,000. Numbers of how many have come in vary from 2,500 to upward of 7,000+. A state of emergency has been declared. A reminder of geography —

This report from website gives us more detail (browsers will translate into English) —

Emergency in Lampedusa, tension between migrants and agents. Also disorders in the hotspot. The parish priest: ‘Here is the apocalypse’

Of note (machine-translated):

The situation in Lampedusa is “tragic, dramatic, apocalyptic. In Lampedusa, even the garbage is not disposed of, the water for the island comes from the mainland. The Red Cross has stocks, but if they arrive at 3,400 a day, they also fight over the water among them. We are all on alert and the bishop is also dismayed, “says the parish priest of the island, Don Carmelo Rizzo in an interview with the portal

Autonomous relief and landings of migrants continue unabated Lampedusa after yesterday’s record numbers.

“The issue of relocations is secondary, very few people have been relocated in recent months, it is a blanket of Linus, the question is not how we download the problem, is stopping arrivals in Italy, I still don’t see concrete answers, “says the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Five minutes, broadcast tonight on Rai1 about the requests Germany which yesterday announced would stop welcoming migrants from Italy. Migrants will be welcomed again – a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said today – if we return to the Dublin regulation.

Yes, Germany has now stopped welcoming migrants from Italy. See Migrants: Germany stops welcoming refugees from Italy

This is a complex situation, but from what we understand from machine-translated articles, which are difficult to read, Germany is refusing to take any more of Italy’s current arrivals perhaps as a form of punishment. Why? Because under the Dublin arrangement, immigrants who travel through the EU illegally and arrive in another EU country, say Germany, must be sent back to the first country of entry. This is often Italy. So even if migrants enter Italy and want to move on elsewhere, they’ll be sent back to Italy anyway. So Italy is pooched under this Dublin arrangement. Therefore Meloni has suspended this involvement in the Dublin arrangement. And now Germany is refusing to take in any more, with France following suit (source):

According to what was reported by the Germans, this suspension would be the consequence of Italy’s refusal to allow transfers from Germany foreseen by the Dublin Convention according to the current EU asylum law, which provides that asylum seekers traveling to another EU country without permission are sent back to the country of first entry. With a letter dated 5 December 2022, Italy informed the other EU member states that the transfers would be temporarily canceled for technical reasons and due to lack of reception capacity. A justification that is confirmed by the enormous pressure suffered by Italy, which also has to manage irregular migrants and those without the right to asylum, as well as those who are applicants.

Now France is also following Germany’s example, with a maneuver that effectively blocks and isolates Italy, abandoned to its own fate. The Transalpine Minister of the Interior Gerard Darmanin announces the intention to want “armor“ the border between Menton (French side) and Ventimiglia (Italian), claiming that it has been registered” a 100% increase in flows“. He announced it today, supporting the increase in pressure from irregular flows.

This smells to us as if Meloni is being given some sort of crisis situation to handle, or that the entire migrant nonsense can be publicly exposed. Or both. (see the revealing video of Meloni below)


Some more tweets —


WATCH MELONI’S FACE IN THIS VIDEO, WHICH IS DOING THE ROUNDS. There are the inevitable rumours of drugs …

Translation:  Lampedusa invaded, 100 boats in 24 hours, #Meloni completely overwhelmed! Yet she had promised so much, we’d see what we’d see! The reality is that she is subject to the EU, Schengen and the ECHR: so election slogans but zero possible action! Zero action!



Lampedusa declares state of emergency after 5,000 migrants arrive in one day

Lampedusa declares state of emergency after 5,000 migrants arrive in one day

Credit: Belga

The authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa have declared a state of emergency after several thousand migrants arrived in boats, Mayor Filippo Mannino announced on Wednesday evening.

According to Italian news agency Ansa, Mr. Mannino appealed for help for his island, which he said was under “heavy pressure.” The population says it is desperate, the mayor said. “Everyone has helped migrants who needed it in their own way, but now it’s time to find a structural solution,” he urged.

What exactly the state of emergency entails was not immediately clear.

The government of far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had already declared a state of emergency for the whole of Italy in April.

Since Monday, boats carrying thousands of migrants have landed on Lampedusa, located between Sicily and North Africa. On Tuesday alone, 5,000 people arrived on the Mediterranean island, according to figures from the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

The Lampedusa migrant registration camp, which has a capacity of around 400 places, has been completely overwhelmed. At the moment, almost 6,800 migrants are on the island, which has an area of around 20 square kilometres and a population of about 6,000.



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