by Nicola De Felice

Grain shortages and the galloping economic crisis caused by the war in Ukraine are gripping the main countries of origin and transit of illegal migrants heading to Europe via Italy.

In addition to the migration phenomenon from Turkey, which is heavily affecting Puglia and Calabria, the situation on the southern shore of the Mediterranean is beginning to spiral out of control. In Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and to some extent in Algeria, hunger, lack of raw materials due to the blockade of Russian and Ukrainian ships (but also the closure of Shanghai due to the new pandemic wave and inflation due to rising interest rates by American and European banks) are pushing to increase the migration of their own population.

Add to it the invasion of hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharans ready to pay extortion money to human traffickers for the sole purpose of being brought alongside NGO ships. More than 200,000 sub-Saharans are estimated to be ready to leave from the Libyan coast and 30,000 from Tunisia and Algeria; mostly Sudanese, Somalis, Nigerians and even Yemenis. Of the 16,000 who landed in Italy in the current year (3,500 more than 2021, four times more than 2020), Egyptians remain in the lead with 23 percent, followed by Bengalis with 20 percent, and Tunisians with 15 percent.

Norwegian, German, Italian, and Spanish NGO ships, far from heading to the Black Sea to rescue genuine Ukrainian refugees from Odessa or the Azov Sea coasts, slyly insist on stationing themselves mainly in Sicilian ports, efficiently giving themselves away to patrol a few miles off the Libyan and Tunisian coasts, mainly in front of Zuara and Al Zawiyah, in the Libyan SAR zone.

The most powerful human trafficker, Libyan Mohamed Salem Bahroun, belonging to the Ibrahim Hnich clan, a disciple of terrorist Abou Oubayda El Zaoui, and group leader of armed support between Tripoli and Al Zawiyah, operates on that coast. He maintains a monopoly on illegal immigrant departures and the smuggling of cocaine from Italy and anything else that can be smuggled, including weapons.

The Norwegian NGO ship Ocean Viking has just relieved its sister ship Geo Barents, which embarked 470 "fake castaways for hire," now awaiting the approval of our Interior Minister Lamorgese to unload its wares in Augsburg-despite the fact that Article 13 of the Dublin Regulations requires it to take them home, that ship being Norwegian territory and the "first illegal passage" of illegal immigrants having occurred on its decks.

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In Augusta it will find moored the German Sea Watch 4, which, along with the other Teutonic and more famous Italian patrol boat rammers Sea Watch 3 has just received a handover from the other German Sea Eye 4, in front of Trapani. The Germanic NGOs are financed with millions of euros mainly by the German Evangelical Church - thus indirectly by the German government itself - and run by veteran communist fanatics from the far-left Die Linke party. The other German NGO ship Resq People, stationed in Syracuse, which "blossomed" from the project launched by former prosecutor Colombo, would appear to be ready to move by mid-June, despite struggling for lack of supporters except, in words, from the Catholic-communist and radical chic intelligentsia of the entertainment world and the retired judiciary.

The Italian Mare ionio, from which the NGO Mediterranean Human Savings is accused of having transshipped migrants in exchange for money, is on "light cables" in Mazzara del Vallo, assuming they renew her certificates of seaworthiness, which are expiring. The other German-flagged ship, the Louise Michel, financed by the fictitious millionaire and street artist Bansky, yet another byproduct of the aesthetic populism of the prevailing mainstream art media, is on layover in Sagunto, Spain, the nation chosen by the NGOs to perform seasonal stopovers. With a promise, however, not to bring illegal immigrants to those ports: on pain of paying 900,000 euros in hefty fines.

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Senior Fellow of the Centro Studi Machiavelli. Admiral of division (res.), former commander of destroyers and frigates, he has held important diplomatic, financial, technical and strategic assignments for the Defence and Navy Chiefs of Staff, both at home and abroad, at sea and on land, pursuing the application of capabilities aimed at making the Italian defence and security policy effective.