In recent months Clooney has come under attack for criticizing Europe and the U.S. for not taking in more Muslim refugees, while insisting on absolute isolation in his $100 million palatial estate on Lake Cuomo as well as his SEVEN other mansions around the world. The multi-millionaire Clooneys have yet to sponsor one single Muslim refugee.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Susan K) Italy’s celebrity hideaway Lake Como has become home to hundreds of Muslim migrants after the nearby crossing into Switzerland was blocked by Swiss officials. Hundreds from Africa, Asia and the Arab world have arrived in the chic Alpine resort which has long served as a tranquil paradise for the rich and famous – including George Clooney.
But the town’s railway station has been transformed into a makeshift camp, where the families live surrounded by discarded clothes, shoes, food containers and even rats. Tensions are mounting in the luxury resort with more tents springing up every hour as more people arrive from Milan on their journey to northern Europe.
Four Ethiopians were among those sleeping rough at the station today – the latest stage on their journey to the UK.Samir told MailOnline: ‘We arrived in Como two days ago. We are here because we want to go to Switzerland and then on to England. ‘But the border is closed to us by train so we must find another way.’
Samir, who says he is 16, and his friends Bela, 18, Mando, 15 and a woman Aziz Abdullah, have endured months on the road in their quest to reach Britain. He said: ‘We have been travelling for four months. We left Ethiopia and went to Sudan and then to Egypt where we got a boat to Italy.
‘We were rescued and we landed in Catania, Sicily. After some time we travelled to Rome and Milan and now here. But we won’t stop until we reach England. ‘I don’t have any family there but I know people there. They say that England is the best place for refugees.’
Carabinieri Police patrol the station discouraging refugees from making it their home.
Alpha, from Guinea, West Africa, is on his way to Germany. ‘I want to go to Germany to claim asylum. I want to go to Germany because that is the best country for refugees. ‘I arrived in Como the day before yesterday. But the Swiss have closed the border. Life is very difficult for me.
Until a fortnight ago Swiss officials had been allowing around 100 migrants to pass through every two weeks. But now the border has been sealed, many are turning to smugglers to help them make the crossing illegally on mountain paths through the Swiss Alps which were used by Jews in the Second World War.
Meanwhile other migrants have decided to try to make a life in Italy after their applications for asylum in other countries were refused, or they simply ran out of money to continue their journeys north. They too live in the filthy make-shift camp, huddled together on damp mattresses hidden by draped blankets.
Afghan Hamid smuggled himself to Italy after his application for asylum in the UK was refused. Hamid, 25, told MailOnline: ‘I lived in London for seven years but finally they refused me asylum. I was told I would have to go back to Afghanistan.
‘But I went to Italy instead where I have claimed asylum. My application has been approved and now I am waiting for my papers.’ Hamid claims he was smuggled to Sicily in the back of a lorry where he pretended to have arrived on a boat from Africa and claimed asylum.
Another migrant Ali Hider, 34, from Pakistan, says he is tired of travelling and is trying to make a life in Como. ‘I have run out of money and I cannot go any further. ‘I came to Italy two years ago. I went through Turkey, Bulgaria and Austria but I cannot go any further.’
He added there are lots of people living in Como – in abandoned houses, in the parks, in houses given by the church and at the station.
The lives of the families living in the camp are in sharp contrast to those of George Clooney, Madonna, Donatella Versace and her brother Gianni and Sir Richard Branson, who all currently own or have owned luxury villas on Lake Como.