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.
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