There has been a 70 percent decline in the number of African invaders crossing the Mediterranean to land in Italy since the fake “charities” were stopped from taking part in their criminal trafficking activities, new figures show.
Nearly 150,000 invaders have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, but the number landing in Italy is down by 30 percent compared to last year, and has plunged 69 percent since July, Italy’s interior ministry has announced.
The number of invaders crossing into Spain has however more than tripled, with over 14,000 landing this year compared to 12 months ago.
The route to Italy was largely closed down at the end of June after the Italian government finally cracked down on the fake charity “rescue ships”—which were actively colluding with the smugglers by picking up tens of thousands of Africans and shipping them back to Italy.
In addition, the Italian government started propping up the Libyan coast guard, which had collapsed after the western destruction of the Gadaffi government.
The numbers of Africans still in Libya seeking to parasite off European largesse is still massive, with the UN’s refugee agency saying last month it had found more than 14,500 Africans being held by traffickers in prison conditions in and around the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha alone.
The drop in numbers from Libya does not signal the end of the Third World invasion. Arrivals from Tunisia have tripled this year, while those from Algeria doubled and those from Turkey have increased by 63 percent.
In Italy, “asylum” applications have jumped from 84,000 in 2015 to 123,000 in 2016, with more than 106,000 so far this year.