Mas de 100.000 inmigrantes indocumentados llegaron a Francia desde Italia (ENG)

5 noviembre, 2014

Imagen-Mas de 100.000 inmigrantes indocumentados llegaron a Francia desde Italia (ENG)

More than 100,000 undocumented migrants have breached the border-crossing between Ventimiglia and Menton in a year, sneaking from Italy to France, French newspaper Le Figaro reported Monday, citing a classified police report.

The paper said the figure regarding the coastal route represents a ”dossier that has become particularly sensitive for the interior ministry, in the absence of sufficient means(…)to manage the explosion of migrant flows”. Meanwhile, a protest was held on Monday to demand more police forces in Calais, a city in northern France suffering from immigration-related issues and dubbed the ‘Lampedusa of the North’. One of the organizers said that there was nothing racist about the protest and noted that there are about 2,000-2,500 migrants in the city, while ”thousands are waiting at the gates of Italy to head towards the British ‘Eldorado’ ”.

Italian lower house speaker Laura Boldrini spoke on the matter further. ”Italy is doing its part through the (search-and-rescue, Ed.) operation Mare Nostrum,” she said at an inter-parliamentary conference on fundamental rights. ”But search and rescue operations must be an obligation of Europe as a whole. The issue of sea rescues should therefore be addressed at the European level, since the Mediterranean border is the EU border.”

In the meantime a massive Italian-coordinated police operation Mos Maiorum (‘Ways of the Elders’) launched across all of Europe on Monday and set to continue through October 26 – seeking to detect, detain and possibly deport undocumented migrants as well as find traffickers – has raised heated debate. The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) has criticized the operation, saying that its aims will be ”difficult to reach for the 18,000 police of EU member states, since they do not know the distinction between refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants”.

The group notes that it will also be difficult to ”identify, pursue and stop organized crime groups” since human trafficking rings are controlled by groups operating in North Africa and the Middle East, which do not fall into the areas of operation of Mos Maiorum. (ANSAmed).



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