Category Archives: Immigration

Spain: Cupid fraud for migrants

On 10 December 2019, the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in the facilitation of illegal immigration by arranging sham unmarried partnerships in Spain. The partnerships of convenience were set up to ensure legal permanent permits of residence for irregular migrants.

The operation led to 11 searches of properties and companies, 30 arrests and the seizures of a luxury car, over €10 000 in cash and a high number of documents. Solid evidence of facilitation of illegal immigration and document fraud was found during the searches.

The organised crime group recruited Spanish women willing to be part of unmarried partnerships. Non-EU migrants, wanting to migrate or formalise their stay in Europe, acquired similar rights of EU citizens through the fraudulent partnerships with the Spanish women. Each migrant had to pay between €8 000 and €12 000 for this service. The woman in these pretend partnerships were paid €3 000 for their “I do” as a pretend partner.

The members of this highly complex organised crime group owned several shell companies and were Moroccan and Spanish nationals. The women, also members of the crime group, were registered as employees in these companies. Their employment contracts allowed them to justify their revenues and gave the companies a legitimate legal appearance. A money laundering component was also detected during the investigation.

Europol provided coordination and analytical support and facilitated the information exchange. On the action day, Europol also deployed experts on-the-spot to cross-check operational information in real time against Europol’s databases and to provide technical expertise.

Swiss referendum on EU migrants

More than 325,000 cross-border workers from Germany, Italy, and France and travel to Switzerland each day to work. However, convinced that foreigners take jobs away from the Swiss, the People’s Party (SVP) party intends to step out from the free-movement accord, which guarantees the rights of EU and EFTA (Norway and Iceland) nationals to enter Swiss Labor market and reside in Switzerland.

The Swiss SVP has launched a campaign to end the “uncontrolled and disproportionate immigration” from the EU, a proposal that will be voted on in a nationwide referendum on May 17th.

The SVP is one of Switzerland’s major parties with over 30% of seats in the parliament, has been campaigning to diminish the influx of labor migrants, being convinced that the rapprochement with the European Union is not conducive to public good.

Bern and the Brussels entered argument in 2014 when Swiss voters backed another SVP-initiated referendum ‘against mass immigration’, designed to frame migrants from EU bloc, aiming in protection of the Swiss workers.

The parliament decided to endorse a the softer version of the mass immigration initiative, fearing the retaliation of the EU – the attempt of compromise caused the SVP indignation.

At present Tamedia’s survey indicated that of about 11,000 people across Switzerland 58% of respondents were against SVP’s idea, 35% approved it, and 7% have not decided yet on the referendum in May.

Italy faces uninterrupted migrant flows

The ship Ocean Viking has docked in the Italian port of Messina, carrying 213 migrants collected at sea.The operation happened in parallel with the efforts of the other NGOs, also transporting groups of migrants to Italy from African coast. (Imqge: illustration).

A charity rescue NGO vessel brought 213 migrants to coast to Italy after being granted permission to dock in the port of Messina, motivating request by the poor weather conditions.
The migrants had been boarded by the Ocean Viking in three acts rescue operation.A pregnant woman with twins had already been evacuated from the ship by helicopter.

Taking into consideration the situation of the migrant flows to Italy, the government, long with Germany, France and Malta jointly applied to the European Commission to initiate the relocation of these migrants, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

Italian authorities have also agreed to grant another NGO vessel – the Open Arms – access to a port to disembark 62 African migrants, the founder of the Spanish rescue mission said .

https://www.dw.com/en/key-eu-countries-agree-on-sea-migrant-redistribution-scheme/a-50549610

In spite of the seaosn rough conditions at sea, the flow of migrants from Africa has a steady growth.

“The NGOs orders and the Interior Ministry obeys: 62 immigrants land in Taranto and 78 others in Pozzallo. Government of incapable and calabraghe! With the ports open, more landings, more departures, more deaths at sea and more business for traffickers. Shame! #portichiusi” Matteo Salvini wrote in his Twitter micro blog.

After Lega leqder Matteo Salvini has left the government, the NGOs expericend a great releif, and dobouled their efforts to transport migrnats from Libyan coasts to Europe. According to the existing Dublin rules, the country which hosts the migrants first has full responsibility to provide for them in accordqnce with international obligations and standards.

MEPs debate situation in Greek migrant camps

Members of Euorpean Parliament expressed concern of to the dire conditions in the refugee camps on the Greek islands, more worrying as the winter approaches, and complained for the lack of solutions. (Image above: illustration).

“In a debate with Commissioner Avramopoulos and the Finnish Presidency, many speakers stressed that this will be the fourth winter with thousands of asylum-seekers living in unacceptable conditions on European soil. MEPs described the situation in places such as the Moria camp as “explosive” and “shameful”, and urged the Greek authorities to speed up transfers to the mainland, giving priority to the most vulnerable people.

The lack of solidarity of EU member states with Greece was also raised during the discussion. Some MEPs blamed the Council of the EU for not being able to reach an agreement for a new common European asylum legislation, which should contribute to alleviate the pressure on Greece.

In a separate debate, MEPs referred to the difficult conditions in which asylum-seekers are living at the Bosnian camp of Bihać, close to the border with Croatia. They underlined that the overcrowded facility lacks minimum services, such as running water, sanitation and electricity, demanded its immediate closure and the transfer of the refugees and migrants to adequate reception centres.

Many of the speakers also denounced illegal pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Croatian border and called on the European Commission to investigate the numerous allegations of violence by the Croatian police against those attempting to request asylum in their territory.

#Limburg: migrant decapitates wife publically

In province of Limburg, Germany, a resident of Tunisian origin decapitated his wife in the street in broad deadlight. German police has issued a statement, prohibiting to post in social media or elsewhere the murder VIDEO.

Reportedly the Tunisian has “refugee“status or is claiming it. According to reports he has committed the murder in the street, first riding over his wife with a car, and then chopping her head off with an ax, he took from of the car. German left politicians insist the savage crime has nothing to do with Muslim religion, but is a case of “uxoricide“, regarding the act of barbaric #Libmurg murder as man-woman relationship drama.

The decapitation of a women by the Tunisianrefugee” happened in a context of the growing security concerns of the Europeans, facing influx of migrants from Africa. According to the World Bank 500 million of Africans have no birth certificate, and subsequently it is impossible to establish their identities. After the overthrow of the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, the terrorist threat from radical Islam in Maghreb has risen, and grown 300 percent in the last five years.

The #Limburg décapitation of the woman by her Tunisian husband causes grave concerns of Europeans, recognising in the method of murder the barbarism of Islamic state terrorists. The social media, in contract to German state media does not shy away from legitimate questions on the curriculum of the assailant, and threat he represented to the community, hosting him.

On contract to the German indiscriminate migrant policy, receiving two million migrants (2015), the European Parliament this week rejected the resolution on Mediterranean Sea rescue.

This month the European Parliament  has rejected a plan to organise search and rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean, and re-locate them across the EU member-states.

The Motion for resolution was narrowly defeated by 290 votes against to 288 MEPs in favour.

The document called on member states to step up efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea with intention to settle in Europe.

Italy insists on change of Dublin rules

On his first visit to Brussels after becoming head of a government backed by the anti-establishment 5-Star and center-left Democratic Party (PD), Giuseppe Conte repeated calls for changes to migration regulations. (Image: archive).

Past governments made similar requests, causing prolonged disputes with the European Union. 

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Brussels on September 11 in Brussels to meet with the president-designate of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Greece faces new migration wave

Greece intends to reinforce border patrols, move asylum-seekers from its islands to the mainland and speed up deportations in an effort to deal with a resurgence in migrant flows mostly from Afghanistan, using Turkey as a transit country.

The government’s Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence convened on August 31  for an emergency session after the arrival this week of more than a dozen migrant boats carrying around 600 people, the first simultaneous arrival of its kind in three years.

The increase in arrivals has caused an additional pressure on Greece’s overcrowded island camps, all of which are operating at least twice their capacity.

Moria camp on the island of Lesbos (Greece) – a facility where conditions have been described by aid organizations as inhumane – is also holding the largest number of people since the deal between the EU and Turkey was agreed.

The government said it would move asylum-seekers to mainland facilities, increase border surveillance together with the EU  border patrol agency Frontex and NATO, and boost police patrols across Greece to identify rejected asylum seekers who have remained in the country.

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