As we continue to shine a spotlight on the humanitarian disaster called the migrant crisis, reports say that About 6,500 asylum seekers have been rescued off the coast of Libya in a coordinated effort, the Italian coastguard says, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years. The total number of arrivals in Italy this year, prior to Monday's rescues, was at about 105,000, according to the UN refugee agency. An estimated 2,726 men, women and children have died over the same period trying to make the journey, often dangerously packed into small vessels unsuitable for the voyage.
Italy has been on the front line of Europe's asylum seeker crisis for three years, and more than 400,000 have successfully made the voyage to Italy from North Africa since the beginning of 2014, fleeing violence and poverty. More than 3,000 asylum seekers have died at sea while trying to reach either Greece or Italy since the start of this year.
As we predicted in earlier articles in this series, the deal between the EU and turkey is starting to show signs of weakening. With 460 new arrivals on the Greek Islands in the last couple of days, is EU deal with Turkey going to collapse? Some people are saying that a Second front has reopened in migrant crisis.
Although The numbers are small compared to those trying to reach Italy from Africa, they indicate a steady inflow of people, five months after the deal with Ankara was agreed. Under the accord, those who cross to Greece without documents from March 20 will be sent back to Turkey unless they apply for asylum and their claim is accepted. That has pushed the number of migrants and refugees currently on Greece's islands to 12,120 from 5,538 in March. Most are Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, and they live in overcrowded camps. According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, 100 people arrived on Greek islands from Turkey a day in August, up from 60 in July. It said 2,307 people arrived through August 23, compared to 1,920 for the entire month of July.
Nearly 400,000 detected migrants have poured into Europe this year, up from 216,000 during all of last year. Over 3,000 have died or are missing on the dangerous journey. Many more are on the way. According to an Italian newspaper report, reprinted in the Feb. 18, 2015, Daily Mail in the U.K., ISIS planned to instigate a flood of 500,000 migrants into Europe as a form of psychological warfare. They also wanted to use the movement of peoples to bring several thousand of their followers into Europe’s communities. Whether or not this report is accurate, the fear of ISIS entering Europe through the thousands of migrants is real.
What are the implications and potential repercussions of this spiraling immigration crisis? Will the face and future of Europe change due to the caravan of humanity headed north? We have been calling for years now for a lot more to be done at source, instead of hoping that the large number of drowning will put people off from taking the risk. But this is just EU fanciful thinking. If you agree or feel strongly don't stay silent please,