Much has been written about the EU’s Migrants Last Chance Saloon with Juncker and Timmermans working with dangerous MEPs from the Greens, socialists and communists who are fast-tracking legislation to flood our continent with migrants, before they are kicked out of office in May 2019. (See my last piece titled “Before being outvoted, leftist MEPs want to introduce a deeply damaging migration policy in Europe”)
Here, I have analysed what is happening on the ground with Schengen, the closure of certain borders, the numbers of migrants (that we know about) that we are dealing with, Turkey’s view and where we are with the north African countries on bi-lateral migrant agreements.
Reintroduction of temporary border controls to protect our people
First let`s take a look at the state of Schengen and what`s happening to the EU`s failed open-borders dream – turned into a nightmare.
The failed Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. Six of the 26 countries that make up part of the Schengen area – Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Norway and Sweden – have reintroduced border controls.
The EU 28 failed but Salvini’s ideas are working. It took the EU four years of failure and Salvini just a few months to succeed
In France, the controls were reintroduced after the terrorist attacks took place in November 2015 killing 130 people; the other five countries implemented the change in order to face the high number of migrants.
As the Commission`s Migration and Home Affairs states, Schengen allows for the temporary reintroduction of border controls in the case of serious threat or fears for internal security.
The scope and duration of such a temporary reintroduction of border control at the internal borders is limited in time and should be restricted to the bare minimum needed to respond to the threat in question. Reintroducing border control at the internal border should only ever be used as a measure of last resort.
The European Commission believes that it should remain an exception, and must respect the principle of proportionality. The reintroduction of border control is a prerogative of the Member States.
The Commission may issue an opinion with regard to the necessity of the measure and its proportionality but cannot veto such a decision if it is taken by a Member State.
So when Commissioner Avramopoulos proudly announced in July – just as countries were closing their borders as last resort due to justified and immediate threats – said “I want to be clear once again: we are no longer in a migration crisis.” , he was clearly off base.
Ironically, on September 13, 2015, Germany was the first country in the Schengen area to reintroduce border checks after hundreds of thousands of people had entered the country to seek asylum. We all know that Merkel was the one welcoming these people with open arms, bringing about demise to her own country.
Most of the refugees who arrived in Germany passed through Austria. The Austrian government introduced checks on all external borders on September 16, 2015. Later, only the borders with Hungary and Slovenia were controlled.
Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, our friend from Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) argued that lifting the controls would send “a wrong signal” to people-smugglers. When Austria took over the EU Presidency in the second half of 2018, Kicks wanted to control all external borders again, if necessary, which they eventually did prolonging the control by another 6 months.
Germany’s northern neighbour introduced border controls on January 4, 2016 on its entire land border and its sea routes to Germany. Denmark justified the measure saying that Islamist groups could “utilize refugee routes to bring people to Europe to commit terror crimes.”
The Swedish government issued border controls on November 12, 2015 at ports in the south and west of the country as well as on the Oresund Bridge.
Norway is not a member of the EU but is part of the Schengen area. It introduced checks on its borders on November 26, 2015 on ferry routes to Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The interior ministry has pointed out that about 30 percent of 5,000 Islamists who had left Europe to fight in Syria, Iraq or Libya had since returned.
The initial 6 months border control can be extended for a period of six months, renewable three times. France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden have already seen it fit to prolong the measure until April and May 2019.
We can be rest assured that the adversaries of the safety of our countries and people are working hard to undermine the protection our borders.
Socialist MEP, Tanja Fajon, is drawing up a report in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on putting an end to the right of each member state to introduce temporary border controls as “remaining internal border controls puts the whole idea of Schengen, one of our the greatest achievements at risk. We have to immediately restore full Schengen”.
Schengen has failed. When it was first introduced it was widely hailed as a triumph of free movement of people. That very middle class and nostalgic view of inter-railing as a student; hopping down to one’s holiday house in the South of France for short breaks or little Timo and Francesca getting a holiday job as an au pair or waitress without the bother of a visa has, quite frankly, died.
What we saw instead was the inability to control our borders, first from within the EU where the richer nations saw unprecedented movement of people from the poorer countries to find work. Who can blame them? But the result was damaging for the UK in particular, with the strain on infrastructure, jobs and wages.
Then came the migrant crisis, which was even more catastrophic. As to Ms Fajon’s vision, we can only hope that when it comes to the plenary vote next year, they will all have more common sense.
Facing the devil, in numbers: 111,728 migrants have arrived to Europe as of 17 October and is unsurprising that since the socialists took power in Spain earlier this year, Spain is now the ‘go to’ destination for migrants, as I predicted.
I met Spain’s Guardia Civil in May of this year on the Costa Del Sol, who predicted around 40,000 arrivals for this year, due to the more difficult landings in other countries where borders were being better policed.
The poor Spanish have seen 47,414 migrants arrive in 2018 as of 17 October (7022 in August alone, 2500 more than last year) and still they come. Compare that with Greece’s 39, 204 and Italy’s 21,766.
In the framework of the EU-Turkey Joint Statement,Turkey is gatekeeper on the Eastern land boarder, holding 3.9 million migrants on its grounds in exchange for 6 billion € bribe money.
In theory, the agreement facilitates fast- track return procedures back to Turkey at the five hotspots on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Lesbos to alleviate the tremendous pressure of the inflow of migrants to these places.
The figures, however, speak for themselves. Between April 2016 when the deal was put in place, to the end of 2017 a meager 1, 485 migrants were readmitted from Greece to Turkey and so far in 2018 278, a joke.
So actually 62,292 migrants are currently held at accommodation centres, autonomous houses, apartments and even in some cases, hotels.
So pumping the 6 billion euros into this black hole of a deal is far from the solution.
The so-called `disembarkation platforms`
To add insult to injury, the idea of so-called `disembarkation platforms` was raised by EU leaders during marathon talks in June, which entails North African countries hosting camps for Europe’s unwanted migrants. The idea is on the rocks already, as understandably the concept of “landing platforms” was not supported by any of the African participants.
From the perspective of these countries, what guarantee is there that the economic migrants –those whose asylum requests in Europe are denied– will be returned to their countries of origin or of transit? Will they not have the same legal problems as European states when trying to deport their irregular immigrants?
“If we create in a country, for example, a transition or detention centre, do you think that this would help? It would not,” said Ambassador Ahmat Awad Sakine, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the European Union. “The people would get around them and look for other paths and leave anyway.” He’s right.
Looking at it from the perspective of the EU, it might not be a complete flop, however, the countries at hand are politically – to say the least- unstable, so what is the guarantee that the aid provided to them would not end up, yet again, as bribe money lining the pockets of their corrupt governments?
Once again, our Italian and Austrian friends come to the rescue
So once again, when the EU is at a standstill and has failed to hold its ground and act as leader, our great Italian allies and friends from the Lega rise to the occasion and strike bilateral agreements with Libya that have been more successful in reducing arrivals in Italy from the country by more than half.
“It has become more difficult for immigrants to reach Italy, and easier for the government to expel criminals”, Salvini says.
“It’s already 85 per cent fewer disembarkations. We’ve gone from 100,000 to 20,000. Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, he points out. Hail Salvini.
Austria and Italy backed a proposal that would hold rescued refugees aboard ships in the Mediterranean Sea until their asylum claims were processed.
The suggestion was unveiled on 14 September in Vienna, during a conference on migration between the EU and several African countries, including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Morocco, Niger, Mali and Tunisia. The asylum case processing “should last a few days” and that those with no chance of asylum should be denied entry to Europe.
The European Council has given its explicit support to the Italian government, declaring that ‘All ships operating in the Mediterranean must respect the applicable laws and must not interfere with the operations of the Libyan coast guard’.
In other words, NGO ships must allow the Libyans to undertake the rescue, regardless of the fate of those rescued and returned to Libya.
My dear Italian friend has all my support. Not leaving the EU to negotiate its own deals as it is unable to, we train and beef up the coast guards of North African countries who can pick up or turn back the bogus migrants masquerading as refugees on their waters.
At the same time, we ban the activities of NGOs. All processing takes place on the ships so that no one falls through the cracks and ends up as a `vulnerable` asylum seeker living off our welfare system.
The EU 28 failed but Salvini’s ideas are working. It took the EU four years of failure and Salvini just a few months to succeed.
Let other nation states secure similar deals because the failed EU is incapable.
By JANICE ATKINSON 26 October 2018
Schengen/migration has failed, the EU28 have had over four years to master the failure, Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, succeeded in a few months