Category Archives: Immigration

Sudanese immigrant arrested on terrorist charges in UK

A man arrested on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack at the UK Parliament has reportedly been identified as 29-year-old Salih Khater.

The suspect, a British national from Sudanese origin, has been identified by a European security source, Reuters reports. The was not known to intelligence services before, and he was not on the list of the monitored radicalized individuals.

The man was also identified as Khater by governmental sources, according to the BBC.

Many social networks users were indignant when main stream media described the attacker as a ‘British national‘.

Salvini refueses Aquarius access to Italian ports

Italian Interior  Minister Matteo Salvini said that the NGO migrant search-and-rescue ship Aquarius will not be allowed access to Italy’s ports, ANSA news agency reports.

“Aquarius NGO ship with another 141 immigrants on board: German owned, rented by French NGO, foreign crew, in Maltese waters, flying the flag of Gibraltar,” Salvini wrote in his Twitter microblog.

“It can go where it wants, but not to Italy! Stop human being traffickers and accomplices, #portsclosed and #openhearts”.

Salvini, the leader of the League party, has been promoting the new Italian government’s tough stance on illegal migration which was seen NGO search-and-reascue vessels denied access to Italy’s ports. The Aquarius, rented by the SOS Mediterranee NGO and managed in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), was at the centre of international dispute in June when Italy and Malta both refused to lot it dock.
The unwanted vessel with illegal migrants navigated to Spain with over 600 migrants it rescued next to Libyan coast

https://twitter.com/ansa_english/status/1028987192763445248.

Migrants indignant about conditions in Italy

Migrant laborers staged a strike this week to protest at the deaths of 16 colleagues killed this week in two separate traffic accidents in southern Italy.

Thousands of migrants work in the southern heel of Italy during the summer months, harvesting tomatoes.

They are paid  3 euros an hour, the amount that corresponds to a salary of 500 euro a month for 20 working days (Italy average salary 1700 euro).

More than 200 migrants marched on Foggia from their camp, known as the “Great Ghetto”, some 10 km (6 miles) away.

“No to slavery,” they chanted as they walked along country roads under a fierce summer sun.

Twelve migrants died on Monday 6 August as they traveled home after a day in the fields, with their packed van smashing head-on into an on-coming lorry.

Two days earlier, four migrants died in a near identical accident. Both crashes happened close to the city of Foggia, near the Adriatic coast.

There were no comments of Italian officials on road accidents causing indignation of migrants. Police investigation announcements were not made either.

Intense illegal migrants flows to Spain

Almost 400 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean this weekend as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco to Spain, Spanish rescue services confirmed.

Spain faces a steady increase in sea arrivals which surged in recent months, especially after Italy started to close its ports for illegals.

On Saturday all together 395 people were rescued from nine boats in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, the two major sea crossings to Spain, the Spanish coastguard official said.

Two more people were rescued from a small boat on Sunday, they added.

Spain, which for the first time in years has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for refugees, has registered almost 21,000 migrants so far this year, almost more than in the whole of last year, according to figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration.

The mortality rate for the crossing from Morocco is around one in 70, the IOM said, which is considerably lower than that between Libya and Italy, which is one in 19.

Pakistani migrant accused of arson in Greece

A Pakistani migrant was arrested for trying to set fire near the military camp of Perama. The arrest has been confirmed by the local police. 

Perama is an area with a high concentration of refugees. The migrant was arrested and interrogated after being charged and prosecuted with arson. Local police confirmed to our reporter that a Pakistani migrant has been arrested in the area.

The first information of the Local webpage epirus gate says that the perpetrator denies all charges and was just ‘working in the area’.

The heat of the Greek summer and the strong blowing winds could lead to a massive destruction as the military camp of Perama houses military equipment.

“We have serious indications and significant signs suggesting the criminal actions of arson,”  said Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas during press-conference.

 

Hungary abandons UN migration agreement

Hungary officially notified the United Nations on Tuesday, July 24, that it is quitting the approval process of the Global Compact for Migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

It has become clear that differences between Hungary’s position on migration and the UN’s approach are irreconcilable, Szijjarto told a press conference.

“Hungary will maintain its position and no global package can change that”, he added.

“We see migration processes from a different perspective,” he said. The UN believes that migration is unavoidable, beneficial and should be supported, while Hungary considers it a danger to Hungary and Europe, he said, adding that the UN’s aim was to encourage migration whereas Hungary’s goal was to stop it.

Tajani warns against jeopardy in migrant crisis resolution

“This European Council meeting will be remembered for a long time, but we cannot yet say whether it will be remembered as a success or a failure. That will depend on us, on the responses we offer to our fellow citizens’ most pressing concerns, in particular those linked to the migration crisis which is putting our cooperation arrangements and our determination to work together to a serious test” – European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said, addressing international press in Brussels at the margins of the EU Summit on Migration (#EUCO).

“The issue is a complex one, and it poses a particularly daunting challenge, given the contrasting national interests at stake: nobody is unaware of this problem, least of all the public” -president continued.

“However, our fellow citizens are looking to the European Union to do what it was primarily set up to do,  namely to find common solutions to common problems, not least (and in particular!) when national interests diverge.”

“There surely cannot be a single EU citizen anywhere who does not want us to come up with a common solution. Unilateral solutions are by definition partial solutions, and therefore ineffective, not to say dangerous.”

“If the ‘every country for itself’ approach prevails, the Schengen system will not be the only thing which is in jeopardy: the very credibility of our common project will be dealt a body blow from which it will be difficult to recover.”

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