Pack Your Bags: Italy Threatens to Deport 500,000 Immigrants

Mish

Things are about to heat up in the EU. Italy's ministers threaten the EU/EMU with mass deportations.

Italy's new leaders tell 500,000 immigrants: Pack Your Bags.

The right-wing Lega party, which formed a coalition government with Five-Star Movement (M5S) last week, is the driving force behind anti-immigration rhetoric and it is looking to fulfil a pledge to deport as many as 500,000 illegal migrants.

Lega leader Matteo Salvini — who is now Italy's deputy prime minister and interior minister — reiterated the government's aim to deport illegal migrants on a visit to Sicily last weekend.

On Saturday, speaking at a rally in northern Italy, Salvini had told illegal migrants "get ready to pack your bags."

On Sunday, Salvini said the only way to avoid more deaths was to stop people getting on boats in the first place. He caused a diplomatic row by accusing Tunisia of sending "convicts" over to Italy in migrant boats.

Michael Flynn, executive director of the GDP, told CNBC that the Italian government's proposals to deport around 500,000 people were "ridiculous," costly and impracticable.

Noting that Italy managed to remove, by forced deportations and voluntary returns, nearly 6,000 people in 2016 and 6,500 in 2017, when it had bed space for less than 400 in its immigration detention centers, Flynn said removing more people was unfeasible.

"Imagine the size of the system necessary to detain 500,000 people to facilitate their deportation? It is an absurd sum of money, not even counting the cost of the deportation flights.

"The costs are astronomical because forced returns involve a massive amount of work by law enforcement agencies and resources in terms of compelling people to leave, actually handling people — literally to the plane, on the plane then to the end (of the process)," he said. "If commercial flights are chartered then the numbers returning on these will be small too."

Salvini and his fellow coalition leader, Luigi Di Maio, head of M5S and the new minister for labor and economic development, know this. It's not for nothing that the Lega party campaigned ahead of the March 4 election with the slogan "Prima gli Italiani" — Italians first.

This is just the beginning of a fight. Budget rules and pension reform that the the EU will not like are coming up.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (21)
No. 1-21
MntGoat
MntGoat

Wow. A western European leader actually willing to talk frankly about illegal immigration.

abend237-04
abend237-04

And this is why lack of sane immigration policy and enforcement are dire threats to sovereignty itself. Dumping a half million indigents onto a nation with 11% unemployment is insanity, or incompetence...or both.

cecilhenry
cecilhenry

About time: Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White countries for everyone IS White Genocide.

Some basic truths: Access to White people is not a human right

Remigration 2018: Easy come, easy GO!!

Tengen
Tengen

There is a third option, that it's a clever divide and conquer scheme, keeping the anger at street level rather than directed upward.

The illegal immigrants are by no means angels and clearly shouldn't be there (I think Japan has the best immigration policy of any developed country) but you know who escapes unscathed from this scenario? Mario Draghi, Ignazio Visco, Mario Monti, and other Italian elites who should be facing lengthy prison terms at the very least.

Unless the decision makers start facing the backlash, nothing really changes. Until then, it's peons fighting amongst themselves.

Tengen
Tengen

Oh, and for those who say that perhaps kicking out the illegals is the first step toward going after the corrupt elites, that's wildly optimistic. At most there will be some grumbles about who allowed all these illegals in to begin with, at which point the bankers will happily sacrifice their paid-for politicians if needed.

I'd love to be wrong, but one of the main features of modern western government is its opacity, as well as the many layers of bureaucrats who serve as buffers between financial elites and everyone else. Does anyone really believe Joe Sixpack has the focus, determination, and intelligence to peel back every layer of that onion, no matter how long it takes?

Cocoa
Cocoa

The globalists just want a deflated labor cost --and they are willing to do anything to save margins and have a next generation of slave workers to prop up the system

Buzzbombs
Buzzbombs

I see they managed to claim the massive costs to deport, while conveniently not quantifying the cost to Italy for them to stay, as if it isn't significantly greater!

Greggg
Greggg

They need to deport the EU with them.

GiT
GiT

Salvini is in a difficult position. He is very popular because of promises he made that cannot be fulfilled and he knows that. Inside his party there are many opposers that are waiting on the sidelines, expecting him to fail. He acts as if Italy were still in the electoral campaign. He has no good options in the long run. But he could still gain some time and even some votes by pushing for early elections at the first opportunity, if he can put the blame of it on the 5Stars and play the game "They don't let us do things, give us more votes so we can govern alone". The position of the 5Stars is maybe even worse, the electorate in southern Italy is famous for being unstable and wildly swinging.

MissionAccomplished
MissionAccomplished

To where? It's not like they have exit visas from their various native Hellholias.

Send them back out to sea and let Soros tend to their needs.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

This is no threat to the EU/EMU at all. Listen to Macrons new year message, very similar concerning illegal immigration and armed French police have gone across the border to Italy following illegals. If anything this will help keep the EU/EMU together. Outside of the change in rhetoric, cost, and number of people effected its business as usual. Soros at al may be annoyed but they will find another route no doubt.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Expect EU to announce aid to Africa in next 18 months or so.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

And they count first class airfare for deportation when boats will do. Too much cognac clouds the mind.

JonSellers
JonSellers
(deleted message)

Not true. I just returned from a few weeks in Italy. Saw lots of migrants from Africa, both Arab and black. Almost all that I saw were working. Many as street vendors, maids, and doing menial construction work. I had one guy, said he was from Senegal, ask me for money for coffee. I don't give money to beggars. Demeans them in my book. So I gave him 2 euro to find me a 1 euro bottled water and told him he could keep the change for his effort. He left, found me in the crowd and gave me the water. I actually didn't expect to see him again. But I fully support shipping them back home.

JonSellers
JonSellers

Yeah, people generally overlook this little detail. So you find some guy who obviously isn't Italian and doesn't have any papers to show he is legally in the country. How do you know where he's from? How do you prove that to the country you are trying to ship him to? Why is some other country going to let him off the plane if he doesn't have a passport? If you don't want immigrants, the real solution is to not let them make a living in your country. And the only way to do that is penalize internal employers.

Contrarian_Ed
Contrarian_Ed

Mitt Romney had the right idea to respond to illegal immigration - self deportation.

The thing that keeps illegal immigrants in Italy is that they are given money. Stop giving them money and they'll move to Germany. Stop feeding them - provide free transportation to boats that take them back to North Africa. Let out the news that the boats have food, and the camps in Northern Africa will feed them. Don't feed them in Italy. Being hungry is a remarkable motivator.

Arrest the crews of any 'rescue boats' that arrive with passengers. These 'rescue boats' can rescue people at sea and take them back to North Africa.

RobinBanks
RobinBanks

I'm sure Michael Flynn, executive director of the GDP can afford to look after a few.

shred1
shred1

Who said anything about commercial flights? Just put 'em on barges at gun point, take 'em out to sea and sink the barges.

El Capitano
El Capitano

Ever stopped to consider why so many countries have an exodus of refugees? If they were armed and able to fend for themselves in their own homeland they would never leave. Never forget that what we are witnessing is essentially the fate of disarmed people.

shred1
shred1

Themonosynaptic, you're apparently unaware that the Assad regime banned the public from having guns. Most of those guns held by "rebels" (CIA trained ISIS) got guns from CIA running guns and fighters from Benghazi into Syria, which was part of the reason for the Obomber destroying Libya.


Global Economics

FEATURED
COMMUNITY