EU readies for massive migration flows from Libya

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Publication Date 25/03/2016
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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reported on the 24 March 2016 that approximately 800,000 migrants were in Libya hoping to cross to Europe.

Following the signing of the EU-Turkey agreement on the 18 March 2016 which aimed at reducing the flow of migrants via Turkey to Greece, it was feared that migrants would seek out alternative routes.

However, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi played down on the 15 April 2016 a sudden rise in boat crossings from Libya which had resulted in 6,000 mainly African migrants landing in Italy that week, insisting: 'we are not facing an invasion'.

EU Foreign Ministers discussed migration issues at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on the 18 April 2016.
The Council discussed the EU's activities relating to the external aspects of migration. It agreed on the need to put more focus on both the Eastern and the Central Mediterranean routes. It assessed progress in implementing the EU's agreement with Turkey, and also reviewed the EU measures and initiatives taken on the Central Mediterranean route. Ministers underlined actions on the fight against traffickers and smugglers, notably with the EU naval operation EUNAVFOR med Sophia, the EU support to Africa through the Emergency Trust Fund, the launch of a series of comprehensive high level dialogues on migration with African countries and the work with countries of the G5 Sahel. Ministers also met with UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi.

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