April 26, 2018

UN says ISIS planning to cause new refugee flow from Africa to Europe

The leaders of Islamic State, who escaped from Syria, are conspiring with African terrorists to foment a new wave of migration from Africa to Europe in order to appear among refugees themselves.

 It was informed by the head of the UN World Food Programme David Beasley, The Guardian reports. 

“What we are picking up is that they are partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilize in the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and cause chaos,” Mr. Beasley explained. 

The UN’s representative stated that terrorists use a lack of food in African countries to the south of Sahara for their purposes. The shortage of food is used as a recruitment tool and as an incentive to push millions of Africans to move to Europe, he noted. 

Mr. Beasley considers that destabilization in African countries may become even more serious problem for Europe than the situation with Syrian refugees. 

“My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilization and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilized,” UN’s representative emphasized. 

Mr. Beasley assumes that the insufficient food security in conflict regions may cause “unintended consequences.”

 “The international community, the Europeans especially, learned a lesson in the early part of the Syria war that if you don’t supply food security you are going to have unintended consequences. I have talked to people, not just in Syria – women who will say: ‘My husband did not want to join Isis but we had no food, we had no choice’,” he added. 

In summer 2017, the European Commission launched the relocation programme in order to open a direct and safe route to Europe for the refugees, who especially strongly need protection. It is expected that at least 50,000 refugees, mainly from North Africa, will be relocated by autumn 2019. The European Union allocated half a billion euro to help countries, which take part in this programme. 

It is known that more than half a million refugees were provided with asylum in the EU in 2017. The number of asylum decisions reduced by 25 percent in comparison with 2016.