Paul Joseph Watson delivers his case in usual, simplistic and inflammatory style but cites enough evidence to confirm that western NGO’s and people’s smugglers are in cahoots.
Are we helping desperate migrants — or just people smugglers?
Shocking claims in Italy about collusion between people smugglers and NGOs
An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boats, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.
Carmelo Zuccaro, the chief prosecutor of the Sicilian port city of Catania, did not say he would open a criminal investigation, and he gave no details about the evidence.
"We don't know if we can use this information during a trial," he said.
He was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.
Italy has become the main route for migrants seeking to reach Europe, with 181,000 arrivals last year and some 4,600 estimated deaths at sea. So far this year arrivals are up more than 40 percent on 2016, and as many as 1,000 have died, the International Organization for Migration says.
Zuccaro launched a fact-finding investigation into the work of NGO boats in February, and in March told Italy's parliament he was "convinced" smugglers were in direct contact with rescuers, though at that time he said he had no proof.
NGOs, including Save the Children, Proactiva Open Arms and SOS Mediterranee, have rejected the accusations, saying their only objective is to save lives.
Zuccaro's comments come two days after Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said NGOs were providing a "taxi service" for migrants, adopting a tough anti-immigrant line similar to right-wing parties such as the Northern League and Forza Italia.
Italy is due to hold a general election before next summer, and most polls show the 5-Star Movement has a narrow lead on the ruling center-left Democratic Party.
EU border agency Frontex has also criticized the NGOs, saying they make it too easy for smugglers.
Humanitarian rescue boats wait just outside of Libyan territorial waters. Migrants are packed by smugglers onto flimsy rubber boats that struggle to make it to international waters before sinking.
"More would die if we weren't there," Chris Catrambone, who co-founded the MOAS NGO to rescue migrants with his wife Regina, told Reuters.
During a visit to Canada on Friday, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni cautioned against criminalizing NGOs, saying they "save lives and should be thanked".
An Italian prosecutor has stepped up his investigation into charity-funded migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean after claims they are acting as a de-facto taxi service for people traffickers.
Vessels chartered by private organizations are in the spotlight amid accusations they not only encourage traffickers to set migrants out to sea by sailing as close to Libyan waters as possible, but also come to the rescue when the smugglers call.
Prosecutors are looking into how the rescue vessels are funded following questions over the amount of money being spent.
Rescuers say they are forced to patrol near Libya to save lives because the migrants are being loaded into overcrowded dinghies that are so flimsy they are destined to sink shortly after departure.
ISLAMIC State (ISIS) is recruiting refugees by offering vulnerable people hundreds of pounds and a safe passage to Europe if they join the terrorist group, a British think-tank has said.
A study by counter-extremism group Quilliam revealed ISIS is exploiting desperate and underage asylum seekers attempting to make the journey across the Mediterranean with the promise of cash and free travel.
The report also says extremists have infiltrated refugee centres and mosques in Germany in a bid to radicalise disillusioned new arrivals already suffering from "a lack of belief in the host country".
The fact that ISIS is even suspected of recruiting refugees on their way to Europe ultimately becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, Quilliam said, as it increases the burgeoning anti-immigrant sentiment within Europe and reinforces the narrative Daesh uses to recruit refugees.
By analysing refugee policies and mapping the journeys taken by refugees towards Europe, Quilliam has produced the first report pinpointing the moments where young refugees are most vulnerable to recruitment by extremists.
The report said: "While some refugees may have to pay smugglers up to $560 for passage towards the Mediterranean coast, IS, capitalising on this route, offer free passage to those willing to join IS.
"IS is able to provide a degree of security. The financial lure is ever-present on the refugee journey - to those reaching the Mediterranean coast, IS offer potential recruits up to $1,000 to join the organisation.
"IS is clearly aware of the value of these refugee routes for the purposes of recruitment and for exporting their operatives into Europe.
"Aside from potentially facilitating access to Europe for IS fighters, the suspicion created by the mere possibility of this is likely to increase xenophobic and anti-refugee sentiment in Europe, reinforcing the narratives that IS uses to recruit both refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and from Muslim communities in Europe and the West.
Smugglers and people traffickers were also a threat, the report said, with more than 90 per cent of refugees arriving in the EU using some form of "illegal enterprise" en-route.
This, Quilliam claimed, was "a direct consequence of the fortification of European borders and the small numbers of refugees resettled in the EU directly from refugee camps."
Unaccompanied minors were particularly at risk of recruitment by extremists, as well as sexual exploitation.
The report said so far 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children had disappeared since arriving in Europe, "many of whom are thought to have fallen into the hands of the very same criminal organisations that brought them into the continent".
Quilliam also criticised the treatment of young refugees arriving in the UK.
It urged the Government to "treat children as children first" and not as asylum seekers.
"By treating children as asylum seekers, the UK is not fulfilling its obligation to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the country," the group concluded.
Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development said: “Quilliam makes a remarkable contribution to our understanding and efforts to take positive action.
"This report documents in great detail the complexity of the problem, the scope of the youth refugee crisis, and provides a rigorous analysis of the settings, and potential processes, where refugee youth may be drawn into extremist activities.
"This document serves as a critical resource for those seeking to understand the refugee crisis, and a vital reference for policy makers who must create balanced, effective, and evidence informed policies."
Fewer than 3% of migrants who reached Italy after crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 were deemed refugees, UN report shows
- UN said 181,436 migrants arrived in Italy last year, mostly across Mediterannean
- Only 4,808 were granted asylum in Italy and 90,334 became 'clandestini'
Only 2.65 percent of those migrants who arrived in Italy were granted asylum as genuine refugees, according to the United Nations.
he United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said 181,436 migrants arrived in Italy last year, most of them crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa in flimsy boats.
UNHCR said only 4,808 were granted asylum in Italy and 40% of the arrivals were found to be in need of international protection.
REPORT: Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes
A massive, migrant crime wave is surging across Germany according to figures buried in a new report released by the country’s Interior Ministry. The data reveals that without migrants considered, crime rates in Germany would have remained roughly static since 2014. But, in fact, the country recorded an extra 402,741 crimes committed by migrants.
Pointing out objective fact that there are few women & children migrants could be illegal
Eastern EU nations rebel against globalist program
The European Union’s immigration commissioner says the bloc has the “tools, the means, and the power” to force EU member states to accept Islamic migrants.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece’s commissioner for the EU’s “Common Immigration and Asylum Policy,” made the comments during a visit to Poland, which refuses to accept economic migrants into their country.
“If we don’t have tangible efforts by September… the Commission will not hesitate to make use of its power,” he warned.
Avramopoulos’ comments are the latest of a string of threats made by European officials to countries who challenge the EU’s migrant quotas meant to offset the 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece by September.