Kuwait has ripped a page from the playbook of US President Donald Trump by suspending the issuance of visas for travelers native to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
Tourism, trade, and visitor visas from the nations have all been restricted, following an order from the Kuwaiti government to slap a “blanket ban” on possible migrants.
Observers have pointed out that most of the nations on Trump’s list have substantial Muslim populations and are experiencing some form of economic or military conflict. Alex Nowrasteh, of the Cato Institute, a right-leaning think tank, writes “foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on US soil between 1975 and the end of 2015.” Nowrasteh opined that “the measures taken here will have virtually no effect on improving US national security.”
The Kuwaiti government has told would-be migrants to not apply for visas from the five banned nations, as Kuwait City is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists. A group of militants bombed a Shia mosque in 2015, killing 27 Kuwaiti nationals. A 2016 survey conducted by Expat Insider ranked Kuwait one of the worst nations in the world for expatriates, primarily due to its strict cultural laws.
‘Time to act’ Italy calls for mass migrant deportations as half a million refugees arrive
TERROR attacks across Europe have sparked a new push to see illegal immigrants sent home from Italy as the police are told to toughen up on refugees in 2017.
Paolo Gentiloni will take a much harder stance on the problem than his party colleague Matteo Renzi, under whose leadership hundreds of thousands of migrants entered the EU through Italy.
A two-page directive has reportedly been sent out to police stations across Italy ordering officers to increase efforts to deport economic migrants.
The document was drafted by chief of police Franco Gabrielli and part-published in Italian newspaper Courier della Sera.
Indicating fear of terror in Europe, the notice says the change is important to battle “a growing migratory pressure and an international context marked by instability and threats”.
Italy will open 16 detention centres for migrants under new rules where those detained will stay until deportation can be arranged.
Europhile Matteo Renzi said he could manage integration in Italy and refused investment in detention centres.
But wanes of migrants landed on Italian islands and scenes of chaos were broadcast over international news channels.
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