What could possibly go wrong? So far this year, some 20,000 asylum seeker/migrant-wannabes have crossed the sea to Italy, with the majority landing on Lampedusa, compared to fewer than 11,500 in all of 2019.
TheNewHumanitarian The majority of Muslim invaders are from Bangladesh, West Africa, Sudan, and North Africa. But Tunisians, pushed to migrate by long-standing economic woes in their country, made worse recently by the pandemic, account for over 40 percent of those arriving – a significant increase over previous years and by far the largest of any national group.
During stretches of good weather this summer, as many as 13 boats a day have arrived to Lampedusa,
Meanwhile, the one migration reception centre on Lampedusa is overflowing. Built to house a maximum of 192 people, the facility has hosted as many as 1,000 illegal migrants since July, according to the island’s mayor.
Locals were hoping that a strong tourist season would help repair some of the economic damage suffered during Italy’s two-month lockdown between March and May. But many potential visitors cancelled their reservations for August and September after seeing headlines about the number of illegal alien Muslim invaders that arrived in July.
Many of the invaders have also been slipping out of the reception centre to escape the overcrowding and search for food to supplement their daily rations, according to Italian media reports. Their presence outside the centre has led to fears among residents about the potential spread of the virus, not to mention the crime, rape, and violence that that accompanies mass Muslim migration.
Africa? No Italia, Lampedusa. Terrificante. #RadioSavana pic.twitter.com/hFAaLrp1Ln
— RadioSavana (@RadioSavana) November 13, 2020
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