Introduction – March 6, 2019
Firstly, we don’t think the migrant crisis is “over”. Right now the number of migrants/refugees/asylum seekers attempting to cross the Mediterranean is lower than it was at the height of the crisis in the summer of 2015. However, that can change and you can be certain that once the weather starts warming up it will.
After all who wants to risk a potentially perilous sea crossing in rough winter weather?
Secondly, in the light of populist gains across Europe the EU’s declaration looks more like a damage limitation exercise. Popular opposition to what many see as the EU’s encouraging migration has fuelled the rise of the populist parties across Europe, like AfD in Germany together with the continued popularity of Hungary’s Viktor Orbán.
The mounting hostility among ordinary Europeans toward Brussels bureaucrats stems in large part from the EU’s migration policies. Under this policy, people rescued in the Mediterranean cannot be returned to Libya or North Africa. Instead they must be ferried to Europe where they will be held in transit camps until EU officials decide on their fate.
In effect the rescuers are acting as a ferry service for would-be migrants.
The E.U.’s bureaucrats are engaged in a covert program to radically alter Europe’s demographics. This might have happened naturally over many generations but they are trying to force this through, in historical terms, overnight. The object being to create society made up of a multiracial rabble living in medieval squalor ruled over by an all poweful moneyed elite.
Race and ethnicity won’t be important but what will be important in determining your caste, so to speak, in this new order will be your wealth. How much you own.
That’s why George Soros has covertly funded initiatives to encourage migrants to try to enter Europe to assist in this transformation. Plutocrats like Soros want to create a society where he and his ilk will be seen as virtual gods. While the rest of humanity, apart from a select few who will serve them, sink into sqalid oblivion.
It’s a plutocrat’s dream of utopia.
Once the weather warms up the migrant crisis will return to the headlines, of that we are certain. Until then the bureaucrats in Brussels are engaged in damage control as they lash out at “fake news” for highlighting a problem that they were instrumental in creating. Ed.
EU declares migration crisis over as it hits out at ‘fake news’
Jennifer Rankin – The Guardian March 6, 2019
The European commission has declared the migration crisis over, as it sharpened its attack on “fake news” and “misinformation” about the issue.
Frans Timmermans, the European commission’s first vice-president, said: “Europe is no longer experiencing the migration crisis we lived in 2015, but structural problems remain.”
In 2018, 116,647 people were counted by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, as crossing the Mediterranean, an 89% reduction on those who made the journey in 2015, at the height of the crisis.
While the trend is not new, the commission’s latest progress report on Wednesday suggested a tougher approach to public relations, as Brussels hit out against “myths” and “untruths”.
The robust language follows angry exchanges between Brussels and the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who has turned migration into an electoral issue.
The Hungarian government last month launched a poster campaign, based on misleading claims about migration, featuring the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros.
Using unusually combative language, the commission issued a factsheet debunking 15 “myths” about migration. Top of its list is that Europe is “no longer in crisis mode” over migration, while it also took apart demagogic stereotypes that migrants carry disease or burden economies.
Brussels acknowledged “key problems in Greece” remain unresolved, with 4,000 people in overflowing, squalid camp on the island of Samos. Privately, officials are exasperated at what they see as Greece’s poor management of EU funds.
With Spain now the main entry point into the EU, the commission said one of its priorities was working with Morocco via a €140m (£120m) border control programme. So far, African coastal states have spurned the EU’s attempts to take part in policies that would give them greater responsibility to process asylum claims of people rescued at sea.
The commission also sought to counter criticism of EU policies to deter would-be migrants from leaving African countries. The EU has created a €3.9bn fund to pay for economic development and border-management projects in 27 African countries. Rejecting claims that these funds go to authoritarian regimes, the EU said almost 90% of the money went to NGOs or UN agencies.
Campaign groups have accused the EU of turning a blind eye to suffering of migrants in detention centres, where they face threats of violence.
Under EU policy, people rescued at sea by European boats cannot be returned to Libya. The EU trains the Libyan coastguard, which intercepts and returns migrants to the war-torn country, a practice described as “inhuman” by the UN high commissioner for human rights.
In its statement, the commission said it was “working tirelessly to evacuate migrants from Libya” and stopping arbitrary detention was a priority. About 37,000 people had received help from the UNHCR and the UN’s International Organisation for Migration to leave Libya and return to their country of origin.