Disrupting Migration: A New Issue

September 2, 2017

In the past couple of years, issues relating to fleeing refugees, war torn countries, and of course, the infamous Islamic State, have been more prominent than ever. The world has different ways of reaction, some offering hospitality, while others hostility. The situation has become more about the rights of humans, rather than the political challenges involved with unstable countries. Those involved have been doing anything to get away from the chaos caused by politics and corruption.



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Here comes the fleeing refugees part. In attempt to escape and be free from the corrupt leaders and falling government, many people have to illegally cross borders to enter safer countries, a common form of transportation being the channel between Northern Africa and, in Southern Europe, places like Italy.


A lot of initiatives are and were being launched to save families from drowning in the small wooden boats that are often overcrowded to the point at which the boat is at risk of capsizing. Immigrating to Countries that offer asylum and protection, the millions of migrants are feared by those already in the country, as a result of the terrorism that sometimes goes on with migrants. Who is really seeking asylum? Who is wanting to spread terror? There’s no real system of thoroughly checking.


To many European countries and their people, this situation was a shock. While hospitality was offered by many, many were still unwelcoming to the foreign guests wanting to stay. Aiming to disrupt migrants wanting to come to Italy, Lorenzo Fiato made his debut in May, when he became the leader of the Italian branch of the European right wing movement that calls itself identitarian. Fiato and his allies used an inflatable raft to delay a ship carrying Doctors Without Borders personnel, hindering them from rescuing migrants at sea.


Human rights organizations were appalled, outraged, and astonished to say the least. Italian youth were trying to stop efforts in saving refugees, threatening the lives of many children and their families. The act gained a lot of attention, mostly acquiring disgust, but also a stunning $100,000 in private donations and investments.


This all goes back to the belief system of Fiato and his allies- that more migration amounts to a Muslim invasion. Italy is one of the southern European countries with the most risk of mass migration because of its lengthy coastline and its proximity to Northern Africa and Greece. Fiato argues that the aid ships “become a magnet” for migration; by saving one boat of refugees, you can’t say no to the other. He argues that it is benefiting smugglers and human traffickers if Europe continued its welcoming posture.


This has become the news of the moment for migration, as people are conflicted with whether the right wing group really had a promising concept or if they were murderers. “There are life vests so we can help,” said Mr. Fiato, noting that maritime law required them to help those in need. The future of youth in general is swayed by media speculation, and continues to do so as more and more European youth find it difficult to let migrants into their countries.


Mana Mehta is a 16-year-old high school student, aspiring to be a political journalist. She is usually glued to a good book and watching political debates.

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