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.