Italian Deputy Prime Minister Says Surge of Immigration Is ‘Declaration of War on Europe’

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said the surge of immigration is “not a spontaneous phenomenon, it is a declaration of war on Europe.”

Salvini was referring to 120 boats carrying migrants arriving in Italy at the same time.

There were about 6,000 migrant arrivals in total.

Salvini, head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, warned that the migrant surge risks the “collapse [of] Italian society as a whole.”

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said during her campaign that she would work to block migrants and establish a “naval blockade.”

Since serving as Prime Minister, Meloni has seen record numbers of illegal immigrants enter Italy.

Reporting from Summit News:

Salvini stated that uniting European conservatives and moderates is the only way to “send the socialists home,” referring to the European Parliament elections next year. He noted that the stakes of the elections amount to the future of Europe.

The immigration crisis could galvanize voters to swing to the right, but it could also backfire, especially if the scenes in Lampedusa and elsewhere in Italy begin to filter to the broader Italian populace, who may start to view the ruling the conservative government with skepticism. The EU, for its part, has done little to aid Italy, and if anything, could turn the screws on Meloni’s government if she takes any significant action to stem the immigration crisis.