Germany, Italy Push for EU Mission on Libya-Niger Border to Deter Migrants

Jamie Dettmer

The interior ministers of Germany and Italy are urging the European Union to set up a mission along Libya’s border with Niger in a bid to stop mainly African migrants from reaching Europe.

In a letter to the European Commission, the ministers say that international efforts so far to curb the migrant flow have proven insufficient. According to the United Nations, more than 43,000 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have reached European shores this year from Libya and a surge in migrant crossings is expected this spring and summer.

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