Up to one million poised to leave Libya for Italy

ROME – Between 500,000 and a million migrants could set off for Europe via Italy from Libya this year, the executive director of the EU’s Frontex border agency told ANSA Friday.

“We have to be ready to address a more difficult situation than last year,” said Fabrice Leggeri. “Our sources tell us there are anywhere between 500,000 to a million people ready to leave from Libya”.

The EU has vowed to boost Frontex’s Triton operation to try to cope with greater migrant flows and avert disasters. Frontex coordinates the EU’s Triton maritime patrol operation in the southern Mediterranean, which replaced Italy’s better-funded Mare Nostrum migrant-search-and-rescue programme last year.

Frontex “can’t cope” on its own with a migrant emergency in the Mediterranean, Leggeri said. He asked for “more resources” from the EU as well as a “contribution” from more member states…

Related: Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday that dialogue with dictators was an inevitable part of efforts to stem the tide of migrants from North Africa…

Related: EU Considers Sending Officers Abroad to Assess Migrant Needs: BRUSSELS — The European Union is weighing whether to send immigration officers abroad to assess the needs of would-be migrants as increasing numbers of people try to reach the EU illegally.

EU migration spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Friday that “the plan is perhaps to have immigration officers in some countries.”

The officers could establish what legal avenues of migration might be open for some people and whether they need urgent help.

Bertaud said the EU is considering a test phase in Niger “to look at people who need protecting immediately.”

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  • And how many are coming here? This is insanity! How will this whole mess end?

  • Exile1981

    I’m sorry but I think the only way to save Europe is torpedoes. Start sinking these ships and no one will try and flee to europe that way.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      They could simply stop rescuing them.

      • lolwut?

        Feed them to lions at the Colosseum.

        Make it a Pay-per-view event and it would do wonders for their economy.

      • Exile1981

        Won’t work, they will just keep coming. The only reason they need rescue is the smugglers call for a rescue and then the refugees get picked up and they get to head back for a second run quicker. Not picking them up would just slow it down 50% not stop it.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          The smugglers certainly need killing.

        • tom_billesley

          Jam the frequencies?

      • Frau Katze

        They could them back. Just like Australia did. But they won’t.

  • lolwut?

    Looks like ISIS’s plan to conquer Rome is right on schedule.

    • Frau Katze

      It certainly does.

    • BillyHW

      Bye bye Italy.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ciao Italia. You should never have given up those balls.

  • Italians, you have your work cut out for you.

  • PapayaSF
    • Frau Katze

      I read somewhere that even when this book was written, the author knew the threat was not from India.

      But it would have been too inflammatory to use North Africans (and further sub-Saharan Africans. It seems that even then, these migrants were a “problem” in France.

    • tom_billesley

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue_for_a_Darkening_Island
      “….a near future England ravaged by civil war brought about by the failings of a Conservative government and a massive influx of African refugees.”

      • Justin St.Denis

        Christopher Priest is BRILLIANT, and Fugue For A Darkening Island is among his most prophetic novels.

        Another favourite is A Dream Of Wessex, a genuinely creepy novel about an alternative reality experiment.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Give the EU enough rope and it will hang itself.

    • Frau Katze

      Well on the way.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Consider it done. Brits aren’t the brightest to begin with.

  • Jay Currie

    Until the boats are turned back they will keep coming. Oz has it right.

  • chicagotrance

    The Vatican will be a mosque in 20 years.

  • pop

    Dole payments for life.

    Nationality no longer exists because everyone gets a new passport.

  • tom_billesley

    Picking up people from Africa and transporting them to provide cheap labour. I thought we’d already banned that trade.

  • Brett_McS

    But only a tiny minority will be terrorists.

  • Hard Little Machine

    That’s one sixth of the population of Libya. Good news! Now most Italians can kick back and retire at 40. Those menial jobs aren’t going to perform themselves you know.