|Capitalism. Illustration by Francesco Piobbichi|
Some of them end up saying that they do not even feel that they ever left Libya. No doubt they are no longer abused and tortured as they were in Libyan prisons, they are not murdered in cold blood with a bullet, but the bureaucratic waiting times and the choices made by institutional agents increasingly simply create invisible people, without presenting people with any options except running away in the best of instances, or more usually working and dying either in the seasonal work camps or on the street.
In the worst of instances, Italy deports people, in total silence. These are operations of which the media do not breath a word, in order to avoid providing news which might show the government's and politicians' true nature.
|Illustration by Francesco Piobbichi|
Italy has begun on a still closer collaboration with Frontex, an organisation with ever more powers, and these deportations are the result of the response which the Italian government wants to give to Europe and its calls for more deportations from Italy.
The government, after the “raids circular”, had to deal with the Nigerians picked up across the country, making use of the plane organised by Frontex at the same time, originally from Germany, by which at least 30 people were repatriated only a few days after arriving from Libya, or after a longer period in Italy, but either way made invisible, exploited by our laws.
Full blown deportations, a violence which the affected migrants never see the back of, with the proviso that we will never know the destiny of those who have been sent back.