Migrant crossing: 15 people found hiding in rock band's tour van in hope to sneak into UK

SOME 15 migrants were found hiding in the back of a tour van of the Canadian rock band Sum 41 in Paris on Friday, though all managed to escape, according to French media reports.

The migrants had hoped to be smuggled into the UK, where the van was registered.

Many refuse to be picked up by French police for fear of being returned to mainland Europe.

Upon hearing a commotion in the back of the van, the driver, whose vehicle was registered in the UK, called over a security guard to investigate the noise, the news channel BFMTV said. 

The two men opened the van’s back doors and saw about 15 people of “North African appearance” hiding inside. All managed to escape on foot.




Fidesz: Opposition Momentum’s Liberal EP Group Wants to Implement ‘Soros Plan’

Renew Europe, the liberal party group of the European Parliament which includes Hungary’s Momentum as a member, wants to implement the “Soros plan” on migration, the spokesman of ruling Fidesz’s parliamentary group said on Monday.

Several components of Renew Europe’s recently released package of proposals on how the EU should tackle migration are “quite familiar from the Soros plan,” János Halász told a press conference.

The liberals want to turn Europe into an open society, a continent of immigrants through introducing migrant quotas and they want to give “Soros organisations” greater influence in tackling migration, he said.

They also “want to give migrants citizenship” of a European country, Halász said, adding that a citizenship would not only ensure masses of migrants the right to vote, but would entirely “restructure Europe’s culture” within a short period of time.

Further, the liberals want to accelerate the process of settling migrants in Europe, as they also seek to curb the powers of nation states in asylum decisions, Halász said.




Spanish Minister Claims Country Needs ‘Millions and Millions’ of Migrants

José Luis Escriva, Spanish Minister for Social Security, Inclusion, and Migration, has claimed the country requires millions of new migrants to combat the forecasted demographic decline in the near future.

According to Mr Escriva, the demographic projections for Spain are so dire that the country will require “eight or nine million people just to keep our working population at the same level”, and noted that other countries should be “prepared to integrate” large migrant populations, France Info reports

“The demographic trajectories are there. It will happen, we will not escape it,” Escriva said during a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on Thursday.

“We must be prepared to integrate into our societies, if we want to maintain our comfort levels, a certain number of additional migrants and our population will be more mixed,”

he said and added: “We have to prepare societies for this. Explain to them why it is good for them, for their children, and for generations to come.”





Hundreds of Thousands of Germans Leave Home in Years Since Migrant Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of German citizens have left the country in the three years since the height of the 2015 migrant crisis, according to statistics from the German federal government’s newly-released 2018 migration report.

From 2005 to 2015, the year of the migrant crisis, Germany saw an average negative emigrant balance — the total number of German nationals leaving against those returning to the country — of around 39,000 but that number has ballooned in recent years to nearly 100,000 per year from 2016 to 2018, Die Welt reports.

2018 also saw a high level of net immigration with 460,000 more immigrants than emigrants. The largest group, 195,000 people, came from other European Union member-states, while Syrians topped the list for countries in Asia.

According to the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR), a total of 526,000 non-EU foreigners moved to Germany in 2018, 97,000 coming via “family reunification” — chain migration.




Moment a group of eight 'migrants' leap out of back of lorry and run away in front of stunned driver

Two men approached lorry and opened back doors to reveal eight men inside.

This is the moment a group of eight suspected migrants were let out of the back of lorry so they could run away. 

Saddle marker Gavin Cotterill, 26, was on his lunch break in Walsall, West Midlands, yesterday afternoon when he saw two men approach a lorry and open the back doors.

Eight men, who he claims were in their twenties and speaking a foreign language, emerged and ran off at high speed.   

Shocked, he quickly pulled out his phone to film the incident, which took place at 3.14pm, before alerting the lorry driver and reporting it to the police.  




Sweden: Almost Half of Those in Debt to Govt Are Migration-Origin Men

According to University of Lund researcher Davor Vuleta, young migrant-background men are heavily overrepresented among those who owe money to Sweden’s government debt collection agency.

Mr Vuleta said that his doctoral forensic sociology research, which looks at people who have debts registered with Sweden’s government debt collection agency Kronofogden, has revealed that young migration-background men aged 18 to 25 account for 47 per cent of debtors, SVT reports

Two-thirds of these men are said to have both low education levels and low rates of personal income as well.

Vuleta explained that the data reveals signs that the young men are becoming segregated from the rest of Swedish society, saying, “If you live in segregated areas, you are more likely to end up in social exclusion, which in turn can lead to financial exclusion.”




Migrants Accused of ‘Slow and Painful’ Killing of 350 Sheep on English Farms

Three Romanian migrants are in court accused of killing some 350 sheep on farms across Northamptonshire in England’s East Midlands in 2019.

23-year-old Robert Iordan, 38-year-old Voirel Manu, and 35-year-old Florin Nutu are said to have inflicted a “slow and painful death” on the animals, who they allegedly killed and butchered for their meat on location in the farmers’ fields, according to a Northampton Chronicle & Echo court report.

Bizarrely, the migrants are only facing charges of conspiracy to steal, with the sheep being regarded as property for the purposes of the case.

“The conspiracy involved the slaughter of about 350 sheep, all that have been slaughtered inhumanely,” claimed the prosecutor.

“Vehicles and weapons have been taken to the location on local farmers’ fields, the sheep are captured and a knife is taken to their throats and they suffer a slow and painful death,” he added.


Spanish police arrest 47 people linked to human trafficking gang which used UK short-stay visas to smuggle Moroccan migrants into Europe

Police say the gang made around one million pounds from their crimes.

Nearly 50 people have been arrested after police smashed a human trafficking gang which used UK short-stay visas to smuggle Moroccan migrants into Europe.

Police say the gang made around one million pounds from their crimes by charging each migrant trafficked from North Africa up to £7,000.

The 47 arrests took place during a joint operation led by Spanish police and Royal Gibraltar Police officers coordinated by EUROPOL.

More than £15,000 in cash, 12 mobiles phones and five vehicles were seized during searches in Gibraltar and the town of La Linea the other side of the border in Spain.



Somali migrant attacker calls police after his victim defends himself too violently

A Somali migrant in Germany called the police after he attacked a man on New Year’s Eve and his victim defended himself with unexpected enthusiasm.

The initial aggression took place at the Geradstetten railway station in the municipality of Remshalden, 11 miles outside of Stuttgart, and saw the 25-year-old Somali randomly attack another man at around 2 pm in the afternoon, newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten reports.

According to investigators, the victim not only defended himself but viciously fought back against the Somali man, possibly using a glass bottle, which led to the migrant receiving several lacerations to the face, one tooth knocked out, and injuries to his tongue.

Following the altercation, the migrant called the police and was taken to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

While police say they have opened a case against the Somali for the initial attack, they also claimed to have started investigations into the victim for his actions, as well, to determine if the man overstepped acceptable self-defence laws.



500 migrants evacuated from Maltese centre after fire

500 migrants evacuated from Maltese centre after fire.

About 500 migrants were evacuated on Wednesday from a reception centre in Marsa, Malta, after a large fire broke out inside one of the dormitories, the Times of Malta reported.

Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The reception centre in Marsa hosts migrants while their asylum applications are being proceeded, or they are relocated to other EU member states.





'Germany needs 500,000 new immigrants every year'

Germany is grappling with a ticking demographic time bomb. The Local spoke with FDP politician Christian Dürr who says immigration is the key to the country's future.

As a society, we are living longer – and that's a good thing.

But there is a lot of debate over how to stop Germany's welfare system buckling under the pressure of an ageing population.

The Local spoke with Christian Dürr, deputy chairman of the pro-business Free Democrats' (FDP) parliamentary group, who recently wrote a guest commentary for German daily Die Welt on the country's need for more newcomers.

Immigration is essential to Germany‘s future. We are the second-oldest country in the world, and soon will experience a huge retirement wave.




Govt to double border control troops

The Hungarian government will double the number of soldiers patrolling the borders “in light of increasing migration pressure”, Szilard Nemeth, state secretary at the defence ministry, told a press conference on Sunday.

Nemeth spoke at the border police base at Madaras, in south-eastern Hungary, and said that last year, the number of illegal entrants had grown almost tenfold, to 3,299.

He added that the authorities expected that number to grow further.

Nemeth said that Hungarian soldiers had been patrolling the borders with police officers since 2015.

Lieutenant general Gabor Borondi, deputy commander of the Hungarian Army, said that the number of soldiers in the border control mission would increase from 50 to 100 on Monday.




Salvini defends himself over Gregoretti case

Former minister says whole govt was involved in decision.

League leader Matteo Salvini's lawyers on Friday presented a written deposition to the Senate's immunity panel defending his conduct when he was interior minister regarding the case of the Gregoretti Coast Guard ship.

The Catania court of ministers has requested parliament give it the OK to proceed against Salvini for allegedly abusing his power by failing to give the ok for more than 100 rescued migrants to disembark from the ship for several days during a long standoff in July.

The defensive deposition said that Salvini acted "in the interests of Italy" and said that the whole government, including Premier Giuseppe Conte's office, was involved in the decision.

The case was one of several standoffs Salvini was engaged in when he was interior minister and deputy premier in Conte's first government as he sought to apply his policy of closing Italy's ports to migrants-rescue vessels.





Professor: Sweden’s Society May Be ‘Dissolving’ Due To Mass Migration

Swedish political science professor Tommy Möller has warned that the unprecedented mass migration into Sweden in the last decade could unravel the country’s “democratic welfare society.”

Professor Möller, who teaches at Stockholm University, has claimed that political stability in Sweden has been greatly affected by mass migration, stating that it could be relegated to a museum in an op-ed published by Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri.

“No matter what happens, no one can deny that our society has undergone significant changes as a result of the extensive immigration, and these demographic changes will permeate Swedish politics for the foreseeable future,” Moller said and highlighted the rise of the anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats (SD) who have topped recent opinion polls.

“Problems in health care and school, the municipalities’ increased costs for supply support, housing shortages and, not least, the accelerating gang crime – all of these are problems and some of them have been linked by SD with immigration,” he said.



German Welfare Payments To Foreigners Double In 12 Years

German Welfare Payments To Foreigners Double In 12 Years.

According to figures released as a response to a parliamentary inquiry submitted by Germany's far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD), German daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Friday that the amount in welfare that foreigners receive in Germany has almost doubled from 2007 to 2019.

As DW.com reports, Germany's social welfare program for the long-term unemployed, known as Hartz IV, was introduced in 2005 and dispenses aid to recipients while requiring them to regularly engage with a job-center advisor and show they're actively looking for work or enrolled in approved work-preparatory skills-training programs.

It is available to all Germans who qualify as well as other EU citizens in Germany and asylum-seekers permitted to work but unable to find employment.

Roughly €6.1 billion of welfare money given to foreigners went to people originated from the top eight asylum countries.





Pregnant woman is among dozens of migrants rescued from English Channel as at least three trafficking boats are intercepted by Border Force guards

Authorities rescued expectant mother with 19 others near Dunkirk this morning.

A pregnant woman was among dozens of migrants to be rescued from the English Channel today as at least three trafficking boats were intercepted by officials.

French authorities rescued the expectant mother along with 19 other people from an inflatable boat that was taking on water near Dunkirk this morning.

Meanwhile, another vessel with ten men and one woman on board was intercepted off the coast of Kent at 5.34am. 

The group of suspected migrants, who claimed to be from Iran, were then brought to the marina at Dover by two Border Force boats.




300 migrants rescued off Spain over two-day Christmas period

Around 100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain on Thursday, adding to around another 200 plucked off makeshift boats on Christmas Day, Spain's maritime rescue service said. 

More than half of them were found off the Costa Blanca on Spain's southeastern coast, with 10 people rescued just before dawn, among them eight men, a woman and a child.

Later in the morning, rescuers saved 16 men off a boat near Torrevieja, while another 12 men were rescued from a dinghy off Xabia, some 45 kilometres (27 miles) up the coast from Benidorm. 

And on Spain's southern coast, 17 men were found in waters off Cabo de Gata near Almeria while another man was found floating on what rescuers described as "an inflatable toy boat" in the Motril area, with his friend feared drowned.

Another 39 people reached the shore at Punta Jandia on the southwestern tip of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, the spokesman said. 




6 Nigerian migrants convicted in gang rape case in Italy

Six Nigerian migrants have been convicted of gang raping a 25-year-old woman at the CARA asylum center in the southern Italian city of Bari in 2017.

Olatunde Opaleye, 38 Uche Oliver, 22, Henry Sule, 26, Semiu Oguntade, 22, Emmanuel Ohenhen, 23, and Otaniyen Sunday, 35, were all handed prison terms ranging from five to nine years by an Italian court earlier this month, ANSA news reports.

Bari police officers who conducted investigations alongside prosecutors say the 25-year-old victim was raped and trafficked while she was still in Libya and then again once she made it to Italy, where the perpetrators threated to kill her if she didn’t follow their commands.

Some of the defendants in the case are said to be among the 32 suspects who are believed by investigators to be part of a Nigerian mafia clan that operated out of the CARA asylum center in Bari.

The group is said to have trafficked in illegal prostitution.




Cyprus police bring in boat with 34 Syrian migrants aboard

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police officers rescued 34 Syrian migrants Sunday after spotting their boat off the Mediterranean island nation’s northwestern coast.

A police patrol vessel was dispatched to escort the boat to a harbor. Police said the boat had set sail from Alanya, Turkey.

The migrants were all male and included a 17-year-old. All 34 were taken to a migrant reception center outside the Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

Police arrested a 19 year-old man who was aboard the boat on suspicion of people trafficking and abetting the illegal entry of third-country nationals.

Cyprus says it has reached its limit to accommodate an influx of migrants and has asked other European Union members to take at least 5,000 of those who reached the country.




Report: Migrant arrivals in Europe from Turkey nearly double in 2019

70,000 migrants have made it to the European Union from Turkey this year, according to a confidential EU report, prompting some to question whether the EU-Turkey refugee deal has fallen apart completely.

The confidential EU report shows that the number of migrants and asylum seekers who’ve successfully crossed over into the EU from Turkey this year has nearly doubled in comparison to 2018, Die Welt reports.

From January to mid-December, 70,002 migrants from Turkey reached the European Union, marking an increase of 46 percent compared to the same period last year. 

Close to 68,000 of those migrants made their way to from Turkey to Greece via the Aegean Sea. Today, most are living in the overcrowded migrant camps on Greece’s islands.

The remaining migrants are said to have made it Italy, Cyprus, and Bulgaria.



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