The closing of the Swiss border to the hordes of Africans pouring into Italy across the Mediterranean has sparked a new crisis for Italy—with at least 144,210 of them now “stranded” in that country.
According to the European Union border protection agency Frontex, the number of Africans who invaded Italy in July 2016 stood at 25,300, an increase of 12 percent compared to July 2015.
Switzerland—the preferred invasion route to get to Germany—has adopted a policy of turning back all those nonwhite invaders who do not lodge an asylum request in Switzerland.
The Africans, however, all want to take advantage of Angela Merkel’s open borders policy, and have little or no interest in stopping in Switzerland.
As a result, tens of thousands have been clogging up northern Italy, turning border areas into massive camps and trashing the region.
In Austria, a government spokesman told local media that it was now “just a matter of time before thousands of Africans break through the Italian border and take an alternative route to Germany, via the Brenner Pass and Tyrol”—through Austria.
The Austrian government, the spokesman continued, is keenly aware that if tens of thousands of Africans move into Austria and try and seek admission to Germany, it is unlikely that the Germans will be able to take them.
A confidential Austrian government report, leaked to Die Krone newspaper, revealed that “Italy’s current strategy of distributing the migrants throughout the country is faltering. The infrastructure is at its full capacity.
“When Italy can no longer contain the situation, we know what to expect—almost all the African migrants will continue to Germany and they must therefore go via Switzerland or via the Brenner border north. And many are then sure of being deported back to us by Germany,” the report continued.
The Austrian government report goes on to say that the invaders are “nearly all from sub-Saharan Africa” and that “none are refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, or from Iraq.”
The assessment specifically warns of the “precarious state [of infrastructure] in Milan,” where the government provided housing has been completely used up. Thousands of Africans are camping in parks and railway stations, and the “hygiene conditions are catastrophic.”
According to the Italian La Stampa newspaper, Milan Mayor Giuseppe has said that about 200 Africans arrive in the city every day from the south—and more are arriving from the north as they are sent back from the borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland.
He said that several local charities have mobilized to accommodate refugees, including the Jewish community which has accommodated 70 refugees each night at the Holocaust Memorial, near the station.
Not all of Italy’s regional authorities are working with the far-left government.
Lombardy’s regional president, Roberto Maroni—a member of the anti-invasion Northern League party, has refused to have anything to do with the plans, saying that the invaders are in Italy illegally and should be deported.
La Stampa added that in 2014, just 0.4 percent of Africans who invaded Italy by boat stayed in Italy, but this year that number has risen to at least 50 percent.