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Aug 31, 2021
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Afghanistan has been one of the hot topics in the news lately, and if what happened there is good or bad is not for me to decide. Let's look at how Palantir and us can benefit from the situation there.
Even with the withdrawal of the army the US interest in the region won't diminish. It is quite obvious that, now, the Afghanistan territory will be mostly monitored using geospacial and drone imaging. That's the crap that Gotham was made from, and they probably have been using it in Afghanistan for a while now. While that is interesting, I would like to focus a bit more on the immigration side of the problem.
The deadline for the evacuation given by the Taliban is 31st of August. I expect that starting September/October, a new immigration wave towards EU will start, just like in 2015 following the events in Syria. Since then, and in light of the Covid pandemic, Europe's desire for immigrants cooled off.
The EU border countries like Greece, Italy and Poland are most affected by illegal immigration from the middle east.
Greek government signed a contract with Palantir back in December 2020, the contract details were not disclosed. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-007026_EN.html
Greece has recently finished building it's wall *orange man flashbacks* on the border with Turkey to control and prevent illegal immigration. In a BBC news interview with a greek freelance journalist, they mentioned that beside the border force, AI tech and digital surveillance is to be employed (4:06), that sounds familiar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3jZijyR9NI
The old potato dictator of Europe in the light of the recent EU sanctions announced that he will let middle eastern illegal immigrant pass through his country to freely stream into EU. https://www.ft.com/content/a66cbed1-decd-4590-b57f-381ee284ea37
Palantir has done amazing work in the past for ICE and border force in US.
They are in a great position to offer similar services to EU border forces.
I would expect to see new contracts signed and announced soon enough, this will be another showcase for the capabilities of the Foundry platform.