The new anti-Muslim migrant government in Rome has already begun turning away all African Muslim migrants who make it across the Mediterranean via George Soros-funded NGO ‘rescue’ boats that take them from human traffickers and dump them at Italian ports. Italy has signed a deal with Libya for billions of Euros to take back tens of thousands of illegal Muslim migrants now squatting in Italy. Officials have vowed to return up to 500,000 illegals over the next few years.
EuroNews The original treaty was signed in 2008 by former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and Italy’s then prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. But the deal was suspended in February 2011, after the start of the Obama-led uprising that saw Gadhafi forced from power and killed.
The flow of migrants through Libya surged after Gadhafi was toppled and killed, with smugglers exploiting the country’s chaos to send tens of thousands of African Muslims each year across a 300-kilometre stretch of the Mediterranean to Italian territory.
The original treaty envisaged unlocking 4.2 billion euros of Italian investment in Libya. In exchange, Libya would work to stop illegal migrants embarking from its shores — and receive those sent back to it.
Italy’s populist interior minister Matteo Salvini vowed to help Libyan authorities assert control of their territorial waters to prevent Europe-bound migrants from departing and to keep migrant aid groups based in Europe out of the way. “This is the point of absolute convergence with Libya: Block the business of clandestine migration,” Salvini told reporters.
Salvini vowed to halt European aid groups with rescue ships in the Mediterranean. Amnesty International condemned the Italian government for handing over responsibility for the mission to Libya, alleging the migrants would be tortured anew in Libyan detention centers. Salvini denied migrants were being tortured, branding reports of widespread human rights violations in Libyan centers as “lies and rhetoric.”
Italy is committed, he said, to “blocking the full-on invasion of those associations that would like to substitute the government and authorities, and in fact help illegal migrant traffickers.” Salvini has accused private aid groups of operating as sea taxi services for Libya-based smugglers and closed Italy’s ports to their ships.
Salvini has promised to hand over new equipment for Libya’s coast guard and said a technical committee would soon be meeting on Libya’s southern border to assess the creation of asylum-screening “hotspots” to prevent migrants from entering Libya in the first place. He said he thought a reasonable funding target for the African hotspots would be 6 billion euros ($7 billion, around double the cost of the Turkey deal).