Libya and the EU: migration

Summary: EU and African leaders meeting at a mini-summit in Paris have announced new measures to tackle the migrant crisis in the central Mediterranean. Attempts by migrants to reach Europe via Libya have slowed somewhat but the relationship between Libya, Italy and NGOs acting to rescue migrants have become more complicated.

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  1. The reduction in migrants moving via Libya may be in part a result of the EU’s earlier policy of engaging in depth, such as with Niger (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-niger-migration-agadez-idUSKBN15F13Q).
    That, however, is only a palliative measure.
    Two of the key drivers are rapid population increase and climate change / increasing desertification, particularly in the Sahel. It will take far more determined and long-term engagement to reduce those drivers of migration.

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