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.