The civil war in Syria and the crackdown in Egypt have prompted a new surge of refugees pouring into southern Italy, most of whom land in Sicily and the island of Lampedusa. The new arrivals are not fools — they know that the welfare-state grass is greener in Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Britain, and those countries — especially Germany and Britain — are preferred final destinations.
However, the EU’s rules on migrants require the country of entry to take responsibility for illegal immigrants after their landing. Northern European countries have tightened up their border controls, creating a culturally enriched backup of people desperate to make their way north to the land of milk and welfare benefits.
As noted in The Local:
Syrian asylum seekers are living camped out in between commuters and tourists at Milan’s busy rail hub, their number growing by the day as charities and city officials try to help.
Dozens of migrants are turning into hundreds at the city’s central train station, their attempts to reach longed-for destinations in northern Europe thwarted by stepped-up border controls.
Many of them landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where twin shipwreck tragedies this month killed at least 400 migrants, and have since gradually made their way up the peninsula.
Italy is demanding that the EU revise its rules on migrants, thereby lifting some of the burden from countries that serve as ports-of-entry for the boat people — which, in most cases, means Italy.
The German TV news report below describes the situation of illegal immigrants who have made their way to Hamburg. Note that those who protest their deportation are not objecting to being sent back to their country of origin, but rather to Italy. The Italians don’t lavish as many benefits on their culture-enrichers as the Germans do.
|00:00||A fight has broken out about Hamburg’s refugee politics.|
|00:04||In the past few days this fight|
|00:08||about a group of Lampedusa refugees has intensified.|
|00:12||Nearly every day|
|00:16||there are protests against deportation,|
|00:20||and for a generous offer of residence. Before this demo the SPD-led Senate|
|00:24||had received this ultimatum from leftist groups:|
|00:28||Police interventions like this one “must be stopped”.|
|00:31||Over the last days, police search around railway stations and in the streets|
|00:35||for refugees like Ale al-Hassam.|
|00:39||He was stopped by police near Hamburg’s central station.|
|00:43||“They took my documents|
|00:47||and took me to the station. They asked me how long|
|00:51||I had been in Germany.|
|00:55||I should go here, tomorrow, I don’t know what I should do there|
|01:00||I have to go there, I don’t know what I’m going to do there.”|
|01:04||The aim of these controls: the city wants to|
|01:08||examine each case of the Lampedusa men individually. The refugees want to avoid this at all costs.|
|01:12||They have been fighting for months for residency|
|01:16||as a group without verification of individuals.|
|01:20||On the grounds of St. Pauli church, the men don’t have to fear any police.|
|01:24||The police do not enter these premises.|
|01:28||However, whoever dares going to the corner shop|
|01:32||has to expect a control.|
|01:36||He will be fingerprinted, photographed.|
|01:40||Then they get a note telling them they should report in 14 days|
|01:44||to the Foreigners’ Registration office. What follows is logical:|
|01:48||It will be deportation. Many refugees|
|01:52||don’t leave the church grounds at the moment for this reason.|
|01:56||Kwajo hopes also to escape deportation to Italy this way.|
|02:00||If we now have to|
|02:04||go to Italy, then we have nothing;|
|02:08||we don’t get any house in Italy.|
|02:12||St. Pauli Church will continue to support the men.|
|02:16||Food, sleeping bags, everything|
|02:20||has been financed by donations. The city of Hamburg wants to help the refugees only|
|02:24||when they disclose their identity.
Hat tips for the articles: Fjordman, Insubria.