The best help would for the West to impose its morals and values on the region in question, as well as taking a no nonsense attitude in enforcing a strict closure of its borders. Leading by example, being confident in the free market enterprise system, and promoting real individual liberty at home and abroad (instead of crushing it on the continent), would be the best way forward. Today’s politicians however do not stand for any of this, that’s a big part of the problem.

Finland prepares to help with immigrants on Mediterranean

Finland is preparing to send some twenty specialists, a surveillance aircraft, patrol boats as well as offering training help to Italy, the destination for swelling numbers of illegal immigrants. EU-countries aim to step up monitoring the central Mediterranean in an effort to detect immigrants’ Europe-bound ships before accidents.

Veneturmassa menehtyneiden ruumiita nostetaan merestä.
Drowned immigrants’ bodies are brought ashore at Italy’s Lampedusa earlier in October. Image: Corrado Lannino / EPA

In the last two weeks, some 350 people dreaming of a better life in Europe have lost their lives in the central Mediterranean.

As compared with 2012, the number of illegal immigrants trying to reach European shores via Italian waters has nearly quadrupled this year. By the end of September, nearly 30,000 had embarked on the perilous sea journey.

“That’s a staggering number,” says Ilkka Laitinen, a Finn who heads the European Union border security agency Frontex in Warsaw.

Frontex has pushed for better patrolling of the Mediterranean in order to detect the immigrant vessels before they get into trouble.

Finland to chip in

Now the Interior Ministry’s Border Guard Department is preparing to help Frontex. According to deputy chief of the Department Arto Niemenkari, officials are currently calculating the costs of helping Italy and Frontex to save illegal aliens.

Niemenkari says that Finland could send a Dornier aircraft to the region for a month or two, as well as contributing one or two fast patrol boats. The Border Guard official also reveals that training sea rescue personnel has been discussed with Frontex.

“It’s quite expensive to send equipment to the Mediterranean. If Frontex gets more funding, we’ll be realistically able to come up with this kind of package,” Niemenkari noted.

According to the officials’ plan, some twenty Finns would take part in the Mediterranean mission.

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