Wasn’t being inundated by African migrants what Italy was trying to prevent by its deal with Libya? Wasn’t the deal also supposed to provide a disincentive to migrants showing that they would not make it to Italy? Why then is it allowing “an Italian C-130 military plane” to be used by the UN to ferry Africans from Libya to Italy?
The United Nations began bringing African refugees to Italy from Libya on Friday, evacuating them from detention centers whose conditions have been condemned by humanitarian groups as inhumane.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled conflict or poverty at home and are now trapped in Libya, where they had hoped to pay people smugglers for passage to Europe via Italy.
It is the first time the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya has evacuated refugees directly to Europe. An Italian C-130 military plane landed at an airport south the capital carrying 110 women and children, and a second flight is expected to bring more than 50 people later in the day.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Italy (IT) is estimated to have a population of 60.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.3 million.