Germany, Italy Push EU Mission To Take Control Libya’s Border With Niger And To Stop Migration Flow

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Germany, Italy Push EU Mission To Take Control Libya's Border With Niger And To Stop Migration Flow

Italian Navy rescuing migrants /Source: AFP

Interior ministers of Germany and Italy have reportedly demanded a joint EU patrol mission along Libya’s border with Niger in order to stop a migrant flow to Europe.

The ministers have written a letter arguing that current efforts to stop human smuggling are not working.

“The first months of this year have shown that our efforts up to this point have been insufficient. We must prevent hundreds of thousands of people who are in the hands of smugglers from risking their lives in Libya and the Mediterranean,” the letter reads.

Over 43,000 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have used the Libyan territory to reach Europe up to the middle of April of this year, according to the UN.

Germany, Italy Push EU Mission To Take Control Libya's Border With Niger And To Stop Migration Flow

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  • Rodger

    Because it’s so hard to just drop the migrants back on Libya’s beaches…. What a fake solution to a very easy problem.
    I’m pretty sure these politicians know how barriers should work when you try to enter their homes uninvited and unwanted.

    • Barba_Papa

      Apparently according to international treaty once they’re in they have to be treated as potential refugees. And once they’ve gone through the process of determining if they’re legitimate refugees they can’t go back. Because they refuse and disappear on the streets, because they destroyed their passports to prevent being deported back, or because their countries of origin just refuse to accept them back.

  • abuqahwa

    EU is finished, pathetic response and clearly Italy has lost control of its own borders, EU in desperation is also funding
    a Libyan coastguard supposed to stop the overloaded unpowered dinghies and
    barges before these enter international waters. Problem is the Libyan gangs
    just tow these vessels a few kms out, then cut them adrift, send distress
    signal with co-ordinates ( sometimes hours in advance) and head back knowing
    the NGO will pick them up, then transfer them onto Italian vessels further
    offshore for a guaranteed onward passage to Italy . Australia had a similar
    problem with organized people trafficking a few years ago (minus the NGO
    interventionist vessels ) and have dealt with it very successfully as follows :

    1. Vessels carrying illegal migrant cargoes are intercepted by the

    Australian Navy and are turned back or where safe to do so towed back to port

    of origin (usually in Indonesia).

    2. Where smugglers sabotage or scupper their vessel to prevent action 1.

    then the crew are arrested and their human cargo sent to remote offshore

    islands OUTSIDE Australias migration zone for processing.

    3. After processing, whether found to be genuine bona fide refugee or not

    (mostly not), no-one is given right of entry into Australia. They are given the

    freedom to choose : returning to their own country , re-settlement in a third

    country ( Cambodia), register in a UNRWA camp in Indonesia, or remain in the

    offshore holding camps.

    4. The number assessed as genuine refugees is then added to the numerical

    quotas offered by Australia for those genuine refugees on waiting lists in

    UNRWA camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Kenya (Sudanese and Somalis) Thus
    Australia will now INCREASE its intake of approved refugees from Syria by 6 000
    for 2016/7 by adding in more from Lebanon and Jordan.

    As a result of this sensible and humanitarian
    policy the boats have stopped completely and NO lives have been lost at sea in
    2016 from people smuggling ventures into Australian waters. In contrast at
    least 5 000 African migrants have drowned last year enroute from Libya by
    paying the people trafficker gangs, aided and actually encouraged by short-sighted,
    if not criminal, NGO activities.

    • Barba_Papa

      Too many bleeding heart liberals in the EU who would cry foul if that were to happen. It might come to that, but it takes time for people to come around and accept this policy. Australia probably experienced this problem earlier and thus went through this process earlier. Not to mention that unlike what the EU haters seem to think Brussels can’t do jack shit until the individual member states come to a common decision. 28 countries that have to go through this process together. And some of which are way ahead of the pack in this, others are still in the bleeding heart liberal phase and others do not experience this problem at all so they don’t give a shit about it either.

      • dutchnational

        So right.

        Soon it will be easier once the UK is gone. Then only 27 left.