Post-revolt Libya: a hub for people smuggling

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) – Libya has long been a transit country for African migrants, but their movement has intensified since Moamer Kadhafi’s fall as militias have turned to the lucrative business of people smuggling.

Why Libya?

The shores of Libya are only about 300 kilometres (185 miles) from Lampedusa, the southernmost island of Italy now sheltering thousands of illegal migrants.

The North African country has 1,770 kilometres of coastline and 5,000 kilometres of porous land borders in mostly arid areas that are sparsely populated.

In the Kadhafi era, the Libyan authorities were unable to fully control their frontiers, with hundreds of people crossing them daily from sub-Saharan Africa via Sudan, Niger and Chad.

The main source of the illegal migrants is northern Niger, a stronghold of trafficking networks…


  • David

    Needs to be blockaded.

  • Dana Garcia

    The invaders come surprising distances from deep in Africa. Over a billion people live in Africa, and given Europe’s warm welcome, why would any stay home?

  • Ed

    Suffering is always difficult to watch. But how many of these migrants will ever contribute a damn thing to their host Country? They were sitting before… they’re sitting now on the boat, and they’ll be sitting again when settled. Europe is going to have another 1940 style spasm again…

  • Microaggressive

    Keep niggers away from us

    Why should there be an invasion of niggers that non-niggers can’t stop ???

    If niggers are put upon us so fast, isn’t it proper to kill niggers as fast as possible?

    Why should non-niggers die in the invasion???

  • David


    “The Scarlet Tide”

    Well I recall his parting words
    Must I accept his fate
    Or take myself far from this place
    I thought I heard a black bell toll
    A little bird did sing
    Man has no choice
    When he wants every thing

    We’ll rise above the scarlet tide
    That trickles down through the mountain
    And separates the widow from the bride

    Man goes beyond his own decision
    Gets caught up in the mechanism
    Of swindlers who act like kings
    And brokers who break everything
    The dark of night was swiftly fading
    Close to the dawn of day
    Why would I want him just to lose him again

    We’ll rise above the scarlet tide
    That trickles down through the mountain
    And separates the widow from the bride

  • Microaggressive

    Niggers are invading Europe

    Why should anyone not say NIGGER now?

  • Microaggressive

    Jews are Niggers if we have to accept Niggers

    Eat shit you mofos

    • David

      Try again.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Don’t drink and post.

      • Microaggressive

        Don’t tribe and anti-racism

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Getting to Britain and its Welfare Benefits is the New Gold Rush!