EU Seeking New Migration Deal with Libya


The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson stated that the EU was holding talks with the Libyan government about a new migrant agreement, claiming “I don’t think we need to wait for December’s elections.”

She told Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper on Wednesday that Brussels was working on organising “a network of voluntary aid” this summer, “until a more permanent solution on migrant sharing can be agreed.”

“I will be in Tunisia for a global agreement that, on the one hand will allow the country to recover from the severe economic crisis caused by COVID-19, on the other hand to provide it with the resources to fight human traffickers,” Johansson told La Repubblica.

Italy has demanded help from other EU nations in managing the increasing numbers of migrants arriving to its shores, mostly from Tunisia and Libya.