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International leaders reject Italy’s migration solution

Refugees | German foreign minister calls plan for migrant camps in Libya inhumane
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/03/17, 09:34 am

Germany’s foreign minister on Tuesday said Italy’s deal with Libya to create migrant camps in the crisis-torn country would not help curb migration into Europe.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel delivered his statement during a visit to the African Union headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

“The camps existing on ground already show horrible and catastrophic conditions,” Gabriel said. “The idea to set up camps in a country like Libya would be in utter disregard to the living circumstances of the people on ground.”

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Aid groups defend their role in Europe’s migration crisis

Immigration | An Italian prosecutor says rescue ships are making the problem worse
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/27/17, 11:59 am

An Italian city’s chief prosecutor earlier this week said he had evidence some nongovernmental organizations that rescue people in the Mediterranean Sea are contributing to the migration crisis overwhelming Europe.

The report follows several accusations that rescue aid groups work as taxi services for migrants and collude with human smugglers in Libya, though some analysts have said their efforts have little impact on the migrant flow.

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Libya drops plan to curb migrant crossings

Africa | Political instability fuels human trafficking and illegal immigration
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/23/17, 11:18 am

An appeals court in the Libyan capital Wednesday ruled against an agreement with Italy to try to curb the surge of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The ruling marks a blow to Italy’s response to the crisis even as Libya’s political instability continues to exacerbate it.

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