According to the following guest-article from Christian Ortner’s website, this year’s official immigration numbers to Germany and Austria just don’t add up. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Migration Figures: Something Doesn’t Compute
August 18, 2016
On the website of the EU Border Protection Agency Frontex can be found all sorts of interesting news which, if it is ever published in the media, appears in abbreviated form and altered concept. Among other things to be found in Frontex is the fact that the immigration numbers have risen by 12%. More than 25,000 persons arrived in Italy, mostly from Nigeria and Eritrea. To be sure, large numbers in both countries have a strong desire to emigrate, but many regions there are peaceful. So the report quite correctly makes no mention of refugees. Immigrants are called what they are: immigrants.
In January of 2016, Frontex established that there is no refugee background to be found for at least 60% of those called refugees. The majority of those entering are definitively illegal immigrants.
The apposite media reports, however, almost all repeatedly say “refugees” instead of “immigrant,” although Frontex uses the term “immigrants” exclusively. That is wrong, and the media bear the blame for it. False ideas make higgledy-piggledy reporting. Generalizing reports give a false impression and are harmful not only to the citizens’ right to information, but also to the reputation of the media. And it also works against genuine refugees, because the public’s attitude has become negative in response to the calamitously bad political management, so that now there is objection to not only illegal immigration, but at a minimum suspicion of every single refugee.
But let us take a closer look at the official numbers. In the first seven months, according to Frontex, 95,000 immigrants have come to Italy by sea. During this time, 220,000 immigrants were registered in Germany. Since the closing of the Balkan route, allegedly very few immigrants have been arriving that way. This is also true of the Brenner Pass.
From January to July of 2016 in Austria, 29,000 asylum applications were made (22% less than in 2015). So Austria and Germany are approximately similar. Using the usual comparison of 1:10, Austria even has relatively more asylum seekers to manage than its larger neighbor.
A comparison of the Frontex reports with the official figures from Austria and Germany raises even more comparisons.
How and from where are these hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming to Germany? And the umpteen thousands to Austria? It doesn’t compute. The Balkan route is considered to be closed — as noted there were allegedly only isolated immigrants. According to Frontex, ca. 95,000 immigrants came by sea. Even if these people traveled on to Germany and Austria (by what route, pray tell?), that leaves 160,000 people in the first half-year who somehow reached Germany and Austria. That amounts to more than 20,000 per month who streamed into our countries and about whom next to nothing was officially reported — except for the bare number, and that the number was smaller than in the previous year (which is a favorite way of placating).
Something is basically off and must be cleared up ASAP.