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Where is the Rest of the Story?

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on January 1, 2019 17:17

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An article on migrants in Europe raises more questions than it answers.

Illegal immigration throughout Europe is not a new topic. Several European countries, particularly France and Italy, often have migrants coming in from Africa across the Mediterranean, or through coastal towns. However, a new route has been charted by migrant travelers, across the snow covered Alps. 

With new Italian immigration law restricting migration, these immigrants are going through the Alps to go from Italy to France. These travelers are often ill-prepared for the Alpine climate, with which they are unfamiliar, and as a result relief groups and law enforcement are working to not only stop illegal immigration, but save people at risk from the elements. But despite these issues this article raises, it raises questions as to why this mode of travel is being used, and how it is being facilitated. 

For example, it poses the question as to how these migrants, many of whom have been sleeping on streets and taking special precautions to evade detection, have gathered food and supplies for a journey hundreds of miles across mountainous terrain. It also begs the question why the former routes of sea and coastal towns, the preferred routes for this type of traveler for at least three years now, have suddenly lost their use. Most of the routes available pose dangers, but this seems like a harder option to access than safer alternatives. 

Now I could be wrong; perhaps some changes have occurred closing old routes for illegal immigration, and making the Alps a last ditch option. But in introducing this new development in European migration tactics, there are more questions raised than have been answered.  

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on January 1, 2019 17:17

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