17 Sep 2018

Montenegro will host five migrants from Italy

Montenegro announced it will welcome up to five rescued migrants from the ship Diciotti, which docked in Sicily last month. Regardless of how small the number was, not everyone is happy about it. 

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Why this story matters:

Montenegro has its own Viktor Orban. His name is Nebojša Medojević.  

Medojević -- who is a Montenegrin opposition politician -- is obsessively trying to convince the public that the migrant crisis is actually a military operation financed by George Soros and aimed at importing terrorists into Europe.

"Migrants are Soros' army of terror," he argues on his Twitter profile. 

Backing up his conspiracy theory, Medojević frequently publishes random fake news on his Twitter account -- such as the one produced by German right-wing party AfD which had used a photo of the shooting of a new Netflix TV show -- as evidence of the dangerous increasing tensions between migrants and their host countries. 

Along with other European countries, Montenegro has political leaders who can't wait to use any given opportunity to turn their citizens away from empathy for migrants into an unreasonable  fear of them. Even if their number is as small as number 5. 

Details from the story:

  • The Italian coast guard ship Diciotti arrived at Catania, Sicily in August, but the Italian government wouldn't let the migrants off the ship before other European countries pledged to host them. Some migrants have gone on a hunger strike since Italy refused to disembark them. 
  • Migrants on the ship are from Eritrea, Somalia, Syria and Sudan, according to media. 
  • The Italian government formally asked Montenegro to take in some of the migrants aboard the Diciotti. 
  • "Respecting the principles of humanity and solidarity," Montenegro has decided to take in up to five migrants, the government announced on September 6.
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