EU to Launch “Frontex Plus”

“EU to help Italy rescue migrants at sea,” by Nina Hasse for Deutsche-Welle:

Initially, the new mission, dubbed “Frontex Plus”, will supplement Italian efforts in the Mediterranean Sea to rescue migrants, the EU’s Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said on Wednesday after meeting Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano in Brussels. The goal is to replace Mare Nostrum by the end of November.

Large numbers of refugees arriving by boat from Africa have overwhelmed authorities in the south of the EU over recent years. After more than 350 refugees aboard a single capsized boat were killed last year off the Italian island of Lampedusa, the government in Rome launched the “Mare Nostrum” (“Our Sea”) mission. The Italian navy has since patrolled the Mediterranean and escorted migrants found at sea to safe ports…


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