The following French-language news item reports on an Italian court decision that will prevent “asylum seekers” from being deported if there is a risk of their catching the Wuhan Coronavirus in their countries of origin. In other words, Britons aren’t allowed on the Continent because there is a virulent strain of COVID in the UK, but “refugees” from corona-ridden Afghanistan, Syria, Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania will be welcomed.
You can’t make this [expletive deleted] up.
|00:00||A potentially landmark court decision was handed down in Milan, which|
|00:05||ruled that the Covid risk in a migrant’s country of origin|
|00:09||could be a valid reason to grant humanitarian protection|
|00:13||to those who are refused political asylum or war refugee status.|
|00:17||Each situation must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis,|
|00:20||but a pandemic combined with scarce medical resources,|
|00:24||poverty and political and social unrest are all arguments|
|00:28||that could lead the justice system to consider the repatriation of a migrant as a risk.|
|00:35||The migratory flows across the Mediterranean have increased significantly in 2020.|
|00:41||The Italian authorities have recorded 34,000 arrivals,|
|00:46||almost as many as the cumulative total for the previous two years.|
|00:49||This is slightly less than in Spain (39,000), the top entry route into Europe for migrants.|
|00:54||Greece, on the other hand, recorded more than 15,000 arrivals this year.|
|00:59||Despite bad weather conditions, landings on European soil continue.|
|01:05||About 100 migrants were stranded on a beach in Lampedusa, where|
|01:09||they were immediately picked up and subjected to Covid tests.|
|01:13||The island’s reception centers are overwhelmed. They mainly accommodate Egyptians,|
|01:17||Syrians, Tunisians, Iraqis, Turks and Afghans.