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MEPs denounce the funding of NGOs they consider complicit in migrant smugglers – RT in French

During a debate on EU migration policy, several right-wing politicians questioned the subsidies granted to NGOs that help migrants. They accuse them of walking hand in hand with the smugglers.

After the soap opera’s homeocean viking in Toulon, which sparked controversy in France and diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome, the subject of the continent’s migration policy was invited to the European Parliament on 23 November. A series of MEPs from right-wing parties have de facto castigated the funding granted by the European Union to NGOs that help migrants, accusing them of being accomplices of smugglers who pay dearly for the journey to Europe.

Referring to the sharp increase in illegal entries into EU territory compared to 2021, the president of the National Rally (RN) delegation Jean-Paul Garraud pointed to NGOs which, according to his estimate, “organize this traffic by arming boat taxis of illegal immigrants directly from the North African coasts”. These are “sometimes subsidized by the European Commission”, by “certain States”, or even by “local authorities like the city of Paris”, he assured.

He denounced the willingness shown by the European Commission to step up cooperation with the said NGOs, with reference to the plan presented by the latter on 21 November to improve cooperation on rescue at sea between Member States, as well as with NGOs operating humanitarian ships. Jean-Paul Garraud spoke out in favor of the abolition of “any subsidy” to these associations, and proposed to “drive the migrants home” instead of welcoming them and distributing them within the EU.

“Europe cannot allow its immigration policy to be dictated from the sea by traffickers of human beings, whether they bear the name of NGOs or mafias of smugglers”, declared for his part the president of the RN, Jordan Bardella. “Without regaining control of our borders, the rush to Europe awaits us […] and the Porte de la Chapelle could be our future,” he warned.

The reception of theocean viking is “the advertising that smugglers’ networks dreamed of”, denounces the right

Reconquest MEP Nicolas Bay attacked French President Emmanuel Macron: “By welcoming migrants fromocean viking, Macron did not just betray France, he also betrayed all of Europe. It has become the relay of NGOs, themselves the relay, sometimes the accomplices, of human traffickers, ”he accused. He advocated emulating “the Australian way” and putting pressure on the countries of departure, while fighting hard against the NGOs concerned.

“Financing your own submersion is a first in the history of civilizations”, abounded Jerome Rivierealso for Reconquest, attacking the words of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borell, for whom immigration would represent a solution to “Europe’s demographic winter”.

Finally, for the Republicans, François-Xavier Bellamy protested against the “collective impotence” of the EU and “the complicity of certain NGOs, which have been shown to be in close contact with these trafficking networks. Human being”. According to him, the reception of theocean viking represents no less than “the publicity dreamed of by smuggling networks”.

Other representatives of the European right have spoken, including Jorge Buxade for the Spanish Vox party, which has called for the borders to be closed in order to protect European citizens. “While every day we hear about a new assault, rape, shooting or murder at the hands of illegal immigrants, you look elsewhere,” he told parliament.

For the Democrats of Sweden, Charlie Weimers claimed that current EU policy was not designed “to deal with the massive migratory pressure” that could occur in the years to come. Advocating “strict measures […] to deter and stop illegal migration”, including the construction of border barriers, he cited Denmark as a possible source of inspiration.

EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels

European Ministers of the Interior are due to discuss on November 25, during an extraordinary meeting requested by Paris, the response to be given to the migration crisis and the relations to be maintained with NGOs. France would like to “better frame the action of NGOs” with the idea “not to ban everything or to allow everything”, but by removing “the vagueness on the rights and obligations”, according to a source at the Ministry of the Interior quoted by AFP. Italy, as well as Greece, Malta and Cyprus, point the finger at humanitarian organizations whose private vessels act in total autonomy from the competent State authorities.

In the first ten months of the year, 281,000 irregular entries were detected at the EU’s external borders, up 77% compared to the same period of 2021, according to the European border agency Frontex, i.e. the biggest increase recorded in the EU since 2016. “The Commission and capitals have their eyes on the Balkan route and the Central Mediterranean route in particular, with arrivals up 168% and 59% respectively” , relieves Le Figaro. Negotiations on strengthening Frontex’s presence in Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are ongoing.


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