The Government allocated one million euros to alleviate migratory pressure from Libya, in Italy

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  • 03/07/2017 18:07
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At the most recent European Council, leaders stressed that the loss of life and continuing migratory flows of primarily economic migrants on the Central Mediterranean route is a structural challenge and remains an issue of urgent concern (photo: European Union)

Today, the Government allocated one million euros to provide help in ending the migratory flows from Libya in Italy. The amount was allocated from the Government reserves and will be directed to the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and to its North African branch in particular.

In cooperation with Libya, its neighbouring countries, and international organisations, the EUTF provides help to regain control over the EU's external borders, to break the business models of human traffickers, and to avoid the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.

The migration route in the central section of the Mediterranean is still in a critical situation. In recent days, the number of migrants arriving to Italy has sharply increased and the country’s reception capacity is under great pressure. At the most recent European Council, leaders stressed that the loss of life and continuing migratory flows of primarily economic migrants on the Central Mediterranean route is a structural challenge and remains an issue of urgent concern and requires decisive action. European interior ministers will discuss the situation on Thursday at the  informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers in Tallinn.

This year, around 80 000 illegal immigrants have reached Italy from Libya, which is 86% of all illegal immigration in the EU this year. On 27-28 June alone, around 12 000 refugees arrived to Italian ports. More than 2 000 people have died on the Mediterranean in 6 months.