Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Oliver JJ Lane, Breitbart News Network: Migrant Crisis Summit: Libya Demands €800 Million to Stop Smuggler Boats

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Migrant Crisis Summit: Libya Demands €800 Million to Stop Smuggler Boats

by OLIVER JJ LANE20 Mar 2017

European and North African countries met in Rome Monday to discuss the migrant crisis, which saw more than 150,000 migrantsland on Italian shores in 2016 and thousands killed in dangerous conditions on the Mediterranian Sea.

The European Union already backs Libya’s government with €200 million worth of support to tackle people smugglers – who provide the unseaworthy craft which carry thousands of migrants north into the waiting arms of European coastguards and volunteer ‘rescue’ missions – but now the country is requesting more.
Libya’s fragile, UN-backed “unity government” has now asked for an additional €800 million worth of equipment for their patrol efforts including ships, helicopters, off-road vehicles, and radar. The Italian government is already providing Libya with ten patrol craft, to be delivered before the summer.

The spending of British and European money in Libya has come under considerable criticism this year, as the poor conditions of migrant camps set up in the country courted criticism. Future spending may see camps established in other North African nations.
While a not insignificant amount of money, the €800 million now discussed will be dwarfed by coming European contributions if a new “African Marshall Plan“, an aid package designed to boost African nations, is put into place. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said if the bloc doesn’t start pumping cash into the continent immediately, “20 million Africans are going to come to Europe in the coming years”.