Maybe the UN Needs Chook Raffles? By Richard Miller
All the UN wants is just $ 100 million to bring rocket scientists to the European Union. How good is that?
“The UN is seeking $100 million to settle African migrants from the Sahel region into the EU; there are some 2.9 million displaced people there. Questions about vetting them and costs associated with them (as usual) are being ignored. The Islamic State has been rapidly expanding in the Sahel region, as has al Qaeda, creating a humanitarian crisis.
Two main jihadist groups are behind most of the fighting: the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (isgs); and Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (jnim), which is linked to al-Qaeda. These groups have extended their reach, even though thousands of international peacekeepers and local and Western soldiers have been deployed to stop them.
The Islamic State infiltrated refugee streams at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 and beyond. With this new surge from the Sahel region that is being planned for the EU, nothing different should be expected. This is yet another opportunity for jihadists to flood into the EU. Yet the UN is heedless of that as it moves full speed ahead with its migration pact.
“UN seeks US$100 mln to aid African migrants en route to Europe,” AFP, January 27, 2021:
The United Nations appealed Wednesday for $100 million to help it boost support for refugees fleeing escalating conflicts and crises in Africa embarking on risky migration routes to Europe.
The UN refugee agency voiced deep concern over swelling displacement from conflicts in Africa’s Sahel region, as well as in the East and Horn of Africa.
This, it said, was driving more people to attempt deadly crossings of the Mediterranean towards Europe, resulting in at least 1,064 deaths along the central and western crossing routes last year alone.
“UNHCR is seeking just over $100 million to enhance refugee protection in African countries en route to the Mediterranean,” the agency said in a statement.
“Offering safe and viable alternatives to the perilous journeys marred by abuse and deaths is the critical priority.”
Violence across the Sahel region, which stretches from Senegal through Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Sudan, has forced around 2.9 million people to flee their homes, according to the agency
“With no prospects for peace and stability in the region, further displacement is highly likely,” it warned, stressing that “many continue to attempt risky sea journeys to Europe.”
UNHCR pointed to driving factors for including protracted displacement, dire conditions in neighbouring countries where many had already attempted to seek shelter and the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sea crossing itself is not the only dangerous part of the journey for many of the refugees and migrants trying to make their way to Europe.
“We hear harrowing first-hand accounts of brutality and abuses that refugees and migrants suffer along the routes towards the Mediterranean,” Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s special envoy for the situation in the Central Mediterranean, said in a statement.”
When Europe collapses perhaps all of this will mercifully end, and European refugees will be seeking asylum in their lands. Sure.