This video from Italy says about itself:
5 September 2016
Mafia bosses have ‘declared war’ against migrants on the holiday paradise of Sicily as one thousand new arrivals pour on to the island every week. The feared Cosa Nostra are desperate to maintain supremacy … An innocent Gambian man was shot through the head by an assassin in broad daylight sparking fears of a wider bloodbath.
Mayor Leoluca Orlando told MailOnline: ‘Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European. You can walk in the city and feel like you’re in Istanbul or Beirut.’ … The mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando said: ‘In the past, when the Mafia was more powerful, it prevented any immigrants from entering the city. Until I was 30 years old, I never saw an African or Asian in Palermo.’
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
In southern Italy, police has arrested 68 members of a group that ran a camp for refugees. Among them are a priest and the boss of a [Roman Catholic] relief organization [Misericordia], Italian media report.
The group is suspected of ties with the mafia, arms trafficking and fraud. The Arena clan of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, is said to have been in control of the camp in Isola Capo Rizzuto for more than ten years. The clan reportedly put a third of the 100 million euros of European Union subsidies for the camp into their own pockets.
The boss of a local relief organization is said to have helped the ‘Ndrangheta with the infiltration. He is also said to have ensured that the mafia received big contracts for, among other things, the care in the camp. The refugee camp near the port city of Crotone is one of Europe’s largest.
“It’s not for the first time that the mafia infiltrates in refugee shelters in Italy,” says NOS correspondent Rop Zoutberg. Previously, the presence of the mafia was already discovered in camps in and around Rome and at the big Mineo camp in Sicily.
Due to the larger refugee flows in recent years, refugee camps have become very attractive to the mafia, says Zoutberg. “The mafia is everywhere where money can be made. And the refugee stream is now at least as big a source of income as, for example, arms trade.”
Like anti-refugee violence is also a source of profits for mafia-like organisations like Blackwater mercenary corporation (of Erik Prince, the brother of Donald Trump‘s secretary of miseducation Betsy DeVos in the USA).
In 2013, a health inspection revealed that migrants were being given tiny portions of out-of-date food, and that the facility was housing 70 unaccompanied minors who went barefoot and slept in a hangar with only two toilets.