The Migrant Crisis: A Brit Abroad
In the summer of 2017, myself and two friends ventured to Italy for 3 weeks of sun and sightseeing. Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome made up our adventures, and we were all excited to explore a much loved country.
The migrant crisis hit Europe in 2015, with an unprecedented number of people arriving on European shores from sub-Saharan African countries and the Middle East, and Italy is just one of many countries bearing the brunt of the influx. Whilst the mainstream media and politically correct politicians continue to ignore the economic and cultural repercussions of mass migration, the rest of Europe continue to suffer as our rights, laws and our culture are systematically destroyed by migrants, and those who are blind to the risk they pose.
Travelling to Italy, I had been forewarned about the migrant levels, but nothing prepared myself or my friends for what we were going to experience. On arrival into Milano Centrale (Milan Station), we caught our first glimpse of what was in store for us. Hordes of African migrants were stationed outside the station, hordes of eyes turned on myself and my underdressed friends. It was over 30 degrees, and we were sweltering in t-shirts and shorts, yet all too aware of these eyes staring at us as we crossed to get our bus to our hostel. This was our first taste of Milan, a city ‘supposedly’ of money, fashion and culture.
As time went on in Milan, we realised that the presence of migrants on every street corner had become the norm, a part of Milan life that even the Italian army had become accustomed to, who, despite being stationed in every major tourist site, turned a blind eye to migrants approaching tourists, begging for money, or stealing valuables.
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My female friends and I became subject to stares, sexual harassment and assault, and we genuinely feared for ourselves. We considered booking flights home, especially after my friend was sexually assaulted on an Italian tram, and when we were chased down back streets by a group of migrants screaming foreign obscenities at us.
We met several British and Italian girls throughout our time in Italy, who only repeated our stories, and we realised the profound impact that the migrant crisis had had on travellers. Two girls we met in our Milan hotel even asked a male friend to join them, in fear of being attacked, as they already had been in Venice.
My own family offered to buy us flights back to the UK, and eventually settled when two neighbours came out to check on us.
After Milan, we moved on to Venice, Florence and Rome, where we experienced a troublingly similar story. Migrants occupied every street corner, begging for money, shouting at tourists, in plain site of the Italian army and police. We felt deeply unsettled throughout our three weeks, and became accustomed to being grabbed, shouted, or stared at. At several points, so afraid of being attacked, we remained in our hostel at the advice of the staff, who advised us to remain indoors after the assault and rape of two Polish tourists on a beach close by. Never in that time, did we witness outrage, or rebellion against the migrants, and any attacks were quickly silenced by the media.
Over 100,000 migrants have arrived in Italy in 2017, and that much was clear when I visited Italy this summer, and Europe will only continue to be overrun, and our culture and identity will continue to be undermined by the left wing media and spineless politicians who have no interest in maintaining our values.
A country I once loved to visit had transformed, overrun by migrants, undermining its culture, its history, and ultimately destroying its tourism industry, as many travellers may choose to venture elsewhere, but may struggle to find any part of Europe that has not been overwhelmed by mass migration.
Attached is one interesting perspective on the migrant crisis, as well as an article covering the appalling statement made by Pope Francis on the migrant crisis.