Young Europeans Aim To Stop Migrant Influx, ‘Defend Europe’

A group of young people has taken to the seas to stop what they call an “invasion” of immigrants from Libya to the shores of Europe. The fledgling “Defend Europe” organization describes itself as a European identitiarian group composed of about a dozen young people from Italy, Germany, Prague, Austria and other countries.

The group’s main goal is to close the Mediterranean Sea migration route currently used by those fleeing war-torn Libya. Defend Europe asserts that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are actually facilitating human trafficking and that without them, migrants wouldn’t be dying as they attempt to flee their home countries.

“The so-called Mediterranean rescue NGOs, in our eyes, are no rescuers,” Thorsten Schmidt, head of press for Defend Europe, told International Business Times.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    And remember, a sinking in time saves nine.

    • k2

      But is it already too late for that?

  • These are the people who were blocked in a Northern Cyprus port a few days ago. I do not know if or how they got out of it finally. But if they did manage to escape, I hope they leaned the lesson to never again dock in a Muslim port!

  • Martin B

    It’s strange and sad that it’s up to a handful of patriots to do what Europe’s governments and navies can’t bring themselves to do.

    • tom_billesley

      Migrant crisis: Italy blocks German aid ship at Lampedusa
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40802179

      The Italian Coast Guard is questioning the crew of a German rescue ship on the isle of Lampedusa, amid a dispute over Italy’s code of conduct for handling migrants at sea. [This is aimed at stopping ship to ship transfers]. The Iuventa is operated by German NGO Jugend Rettet, which called the Italian check “a standard procedure”.
      Jugend Rettet, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and some other aid NGOs reject the new Italian code of conduct.
      Italy plans to send warships close to the Libyan coast to pick up migrants.
      Migrants picked up in Libyan coastal waters – and not international waters – can be legally returned to Libya …..but will they be returned?