The invasion of Europe

Let's be honest:
What we are seeing is not merely a migration;
it's an invasion.

Hungarian Riot Police Clash With Migrants at Border Gate
New York Times, 2015-09-17

[The summary from the NYT web page on Thursday, 2015-09-16 1700 EDT:]

Officers fired water cannons and tear gas
after hundreds of migrants tried to break through a gate
at the newly reinforced border between Serbia and Hungary.

Thousands of migrants sought alternate routes west.


A refugee riot puts a German town on edge
By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet
Washington Post, 2015-10-02

See also:
Nigel Farage why are rich Arab states not taking immigrants? (2015-09-09)

Italy may be the next big migrant route
by Anthony Faiola
Washington Post, 2016-05-08

BRENNERO, Italy — Since the days of ancient Rome, conquering armies have traversed the Brenner Pass, a scenic gorge in the Alps connecting the boot of Italy to the heart of Europe. Now, nations to the north fear that this vital passage will become the funnel for a new “invasion” of migrants.

A thousand miles away in Greece, the main migrant route into Europe is shutting down amid stricter border controls in the Balkans and a deal with Turkey to stop new arrivals from the Middle East, Africa and beyond. Yet as one door closes, concern is mounting in a host of countries that the poor and desperate may find another way in.

Claiming that as many as 1 million more migrants are massing in Libya with the aim of crossing into Europe through Italy, the Austrians, for instance, are laying the groundwork for an emergency fence between the jagged Alpine peaks at its Italian border. To stop the feared hordes, the Swiss are threatening to call out the army
(yes, Switzerland has an army)
[And an Air Force, too.].
The Germans and the French, meanwhile, are joining an effort to extend “crisis” checks already in place at various European Union borders despite early signs that the region’s migrant flows may be coming under control.

Some Austrian politicians are backing a possible fence at the Brenner Pass despite their historic ties to Alto Adige, a still largely German-speaking enclave in Italy ceded by Vienna in the early 20th century.


“We can’t be the social security for Africa,”
said Rudi Federspiel, a regional leader in the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria from the bordering province of Tirol.
“Most of these people are Muslims, not Roman Catholics.”

Those migrants already in Austria, he insisted, are causing serious social problems:
“We have rapes. Rapes in the city. Rapes all over the place.
Because [Muslim] men don’t accept women. . . . They are not on the same level” as Europeans.


If a massive wave of migrants does come, local politicians say they will be distributed to communities across the region rather than housed in one big camp if they cannot cross the border. But some in this quaint community of gingerbread-house-like villages and Alpine ski resorts are fretting that their clean, quiet streets may turn into a “new Idomeni” — a reference to the squalid refugee camps on Greece’s sealed border with Macedonia.

“The population is scared because they see all the footage from Greece . . . and fear this might happen here, too,” said Elmar Morandell, transport chief for the region’s Association of Trades and Services.

Any fence, Austrian officials say, remains a contingency — a barrier that will go up only in the event of a major migrant surge. But on a continent where freedom of movement and open borders became the linchpin of the E.U., critics say that such moves are part of an effort to effectively fence off Europe’s south, ensuring that if large numbers of migrants again arrive this year, they would be largely corralled at entry points in countries such as Italy and Greece.


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