EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

(Reuters) – The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.

In a frank reference to EU fears that saving more lives could mean trafficking gangs put more people to sea in unsafe craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday’s mass drowning, warned of a “pull-factor risk” from a naval mission — a risk more migrants would head for Europe.

A European Commission spokeswoman declined comment. EU diplomats said any such mission was unlikely in the near future…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Mine the ports of embarkation.

    • Petey

      Sink the boats. They are invaders who want to destroy Western civilization. A hard choice but it’s the necessary one.

      • Frau Katze

        They could just send them back. Even if they have to put them in those boats like the Aussies did, it would be a bargain. It stopped them there. The smugglers gave up.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        Farewell, chum.

        • Raymond Hietapakka


  • pop

    Oh come on! Just pick them up in their country! Lol

  • mauser 98

    should have left Gadaffi in power…

  • Clausewitz

    Radical idea. Don’t try to enter a country illegally, the problem is solved.

  • Alain

    Another example of why we must never ever again sacrifice the blood and lives of Canadians to defend Europe.