Nearly 11,000 migrants arrived on Italian shores in just the last five days of June, following nearly 80,000 in the first half of 2017. Over 2,000 have perished at sea since the start of this year. The vast majority came from sub-Saharan Africa and embarked from the Libyan coast. The European Union (EU) …
EU foreign ministers are seeking a joint global strategy on refugees and migration as thousands continue to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
The European Union has imposed limits on the export of inflatable boats to Libya in a bid to make it harder for smugglers to send refugees and migrants to Europe.
The EU naval operation to save migrants and disrupt human-trafficking networks is “lunacy” and brings “shame” on Europe, a Belgian government minister has said.
EU leaders will broadly avoid discussing refugee quotas at this week’s summit due to internal disagreement but instead focus on stopping people coming to Europe, EUobserver reported.
Libyan forces have engaged in reckless conduct during recent rescue operations that endangered people being rescued in international waters in the Mediterranean, Human Rights Watch said today. These incidents indicate that Libyan forces lack capacity to safely perform search-and-rescue obligations.
The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) expressed anger on Saturday about the call of the European Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, for setting up refugee camps in Libya.
Naval spokesman Ayoub Qassem has launched another attack on what he sees as the EU’s plan to turn Libya into a huge migrant camp. But this time Qassem has also struck out at the coastal communities that he says refuse to help the coastguards stop the people-smugglers.
The Libyan coast guards intercepted, on Friday, more than 900 illegal migrants off the city of Sabratha, the western side of Libya.
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, urged the EU countries to push for establishing refugee camps inside Libya.