By Sue Reid for the Daily Mail Published: 18:19 EDT, 5 July 2017 |
The great exodus: As tens of thousands of migrants make their way across the Mediterranean while the EU tears itself apart over the issue, SUE REID provides her devastating analysis
Since January 2015, 1,478,558 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea while 101,210 have done so this year
In 2017, around 85,000 migrants – including 12,000 just this week – have sailed from Libyan ports to Italy
Many of the migrants reach the island of Lampedusa, 70 miles from Africa’s coast, or find their way to Sicily
Before Britain helped to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi, he said that without a prosperous Libya, the migration of Africans to Europe would be uncontrollable. Today, he seems to have been proved right.
After his killing in 2011, Libya’s oil-rich economy collapsed, to be replaced by a lucrative people-smuggling trade which sends fleets of boats across the Mediterranean carrying illegal migrants who have paid sky-high fares for the ‘privilege’…