Pack Your Bags: Italy Threatens to Deport 500,000 Immigrants

Things are about to heat up in the EU. Italy's ministers threaten the EU/EMU with mass deportations.

Italy's new leaders tell 500,000 immigrants: Pack Your Bags.

The right-wing Lega party, which formed a coalition government with Five-Star Movement (M5S) last week, is the driving force behind anti-immigration rhetoric and it is looking to fulfil a pledge to deport as many as 500,000 illegal migrants.

Lega leader Matteo Salvini — who is now Italy's deputy prime minister and interior minister — reiterated the government's aim to deport illegal migrants on a visit to Sicily last weekend.

On Saturday, speaking at a rally in northern Italy, Salvini had told illegal migrants "get ready to pack your bags."

On Sunday, Salvini said the only way to avoid more deaths was to stop people getting on boats in the first place. He caused a diplomatic row by accusing Tunisia of sending "convicts" over to Italy in migrant boats.

Michael Flynn, executive director of the GDP, told CNBC that the Italian government's proposals to deport around 500,000 people were "ridiculous," costly and impracticable.

Noting that Italy managed to remove, by forced deportations and voluntary returns, nearly 6,000 people in 2016 and 6,500 in 2017, when it had bed space for less than 400 in its immigration detention centers, Flynn said removing more people was unfeasible.

"Imagine the size of the system necessary to detain 500,000 people to facilitate their deportation? It is an absurd sum of money, not even counting the cost of the deportation flights.

"The costs are astronomical because forced returns involve a massive amount of work by law enforcement agencies and resources in terms of compelling people to leave, actually handling people — literally to the plane, on the plane then to the end (of the process)," he said. "If commercial flights are chartered then the numbers returning on these will be small too."

Salvini and his fellow coalition leader, Luigi Di Maio, head of M5S and the new minister for labor and economic development, know this. It's not for nothing that the Lega party campaigned ahead of the March 4 election with the slogan "Prima gli Italiani" — Italians first.

This is just the beginning of a fight. Budget rules and pension reform that the the EU will not like are coming up.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Wow. A western European leader actually willing to talk frankly about illegal immigration.


And this is why lack of sane immigration policy and enforcement are dire threats to sovereignty itself. Dumping a half million indigents onto a nation with 11% unemployment is insanity, or incompetence...or both.


About time: Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White countries for everyone IS White Genocide.

Some basic truths: Access to White people is not a human right

Remigration 2018: Easy come, easy GO!!


There is a third option, that it's a clever divide and conquer scheme, keeping the anger at street level rather than directed upward.

The illegal immigrants are by no means angels and clearly shouldn't be there (I think Japan has the best immigration policy of any developed country) but you know who escapes unscathed from this scenario? Mario Draghi, Ignazio Visco, Mario Monti, and other Italian elites who should be facing lengthy prison terms at the very least.

Unless the decision makers start facing the backlash, nothing really changes. Until then, it's peons fighting amongst themselves.


Oh, and for those who say that perhaps kicking out the illegals is the first step toward going after the corrupt elites, that's wildly optimistic. At most there will be some grumbles about who allowed all these illegals in to begin with, at which point the bankers will happily sacrifice their paid-for politicians if needed.

I'd love to be wrong, but one of the main features of modern western government is its opacity, as well as the many layers of bureaucrats who serve as buffers between financial elites and everyone else. Does anyone really believe Joe Sixpack has the focus, determination, and intelligence to peel back every layer of that onion, no matter how long it takes?