Italy is being overwhelmed by migrants from northern Africa due to its geographic location.
As we previously reported, the situation has become so bad that Italy has threatened to close its ports.
In order to get the rest of the EU to help, Italy is now threatening to just give these migrants, mostly from Libya, visas which would allow them to live anywhere in Europe. This is threat to flood the rest of Europe with hundreds of thousands of Libyan migrants is being termed the “nuclear option.”
The Sun UK reports:
LA DOLCE VISA ‘Abandoned’ Italy threatens ‘nuclear option’ of granting 200,000 Libyan migrants visas that allow them to live ANYWHERE in Europe… including Britain
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is furious that European neighbours have reneged on their commitment to take in a quota of migrants fleeing war-torn countries in North Africa.
The Italians are not plotting to use a little known Brussel’s directive, drafted after the Balkans conflict, which gives displaced people temporary entry to Europe, reports The Times.
And Gentiloni is threatening to use the loophole to allow 200,000 migrants to leave Italy as the country struggles to cope with its high numbers of refugees particularly from Libya.
Both deputy foreign minister Mario Giro and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, confirmed to The Times that the controversial move was being considered.
Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, branded the idea a “nuclear option.”
He said: “If migrants continue to arrive and Italy decides to give them papers to cross borders and leave Italy it would be a nuclear option.
“Italians have lost any hope of getting help from the EU and may say, ‘If you won’t make it a common challenge, we will.”
Italian villages on the coast are so flooded with migrants that the facilities used to house them are being described as human warehouses.
The Local IT reports:
Quiet Italy hamlets struggle with migrant ‘human warehouses’
They used to be sleepy hamlets on Italy’s sun-baked Padan Plain. But two years with hundreds of asylum seekers packed into overcrowded centres dubbed “human warehouse” are taking their toll — on both migrants and villagers.
Inside vast white tents erected in a former military zone on the outskirts of the tiny village of Conetta, some 1,400 men from across Africa while away their days, packed onto endless rows of bunks as the temperatures rise.
Many escape for a few hours to cycle around the area: they are met with hostile banners calling for them to leave.
“I used to call this place a modern lager,” Cona mayor Albero Panfilio told AFP, referring to concentration camps. The commune of Cona includes the little village of Conetta.
“After two years this is (still) a place where human beings are squashed in together, with no hope for the future. Now I call it a human warehouse. The migrants arrive, they don’t know where to put them, they have a warehouse, they dump them here.”
One has to wonder of this would be happening if EU headquarters were located on the Italian coast.