“[Nigerians] are victims on two fronts. They are victims of both Sicilian and Nigerian criminality.”
The role of organized crime in the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to the European Union
The Mafia And The Migrants: Italy has, since 2014, found itself of the frontline of the Migrant crisis drawing refugees and economic migrants from across the Med. With the state on the ropes in terms of finances, migrant detention contracts were handed over to the private sector, and caught the attention of local mafia syndicates as a means of collecting public money.