Libyan Instability Spurs Migration to Europe

“Libya instability fuels EU migrant fears,” by Borzou Daragahi and Peter Spiegel for the Financial Times:

Instability in Libya and other north African countries has led to a spike in illegal immigrants arriving on European shores, worrying both EU officials fearing political consequences in forthcoming elections and human rights advocates concerned about deaths at sea and other abuses of vulnerable migrants.

According to Frontex, the European border control agency, 31,000 migrants were recorded illegally entering Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the first nine months of 2013, more than twice as many as the 15,900 recorded last year. The arrivals, though, have not reached the 64,300 recorded in 2011, the year mass uprisings across the Arab world led to a breakdown in authority across north Africa, especially Libya…

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