Monday, 28 August 2017

Migrant crisis : French President Emmanuel Macron hosts summit with several European and African leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a summit with several European and African leaders aimed at boosting efforts to curb migrant flows across the Mediterranean.

The Paris talks involve leaders from Chad, Niger and Libya - major transit countries for migrants, who risk their lives trying to reach Europe.

The leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain are also attending.

To ease the influx, Mr Macron wants to see asylum requests handled in Africa.

He has spoken of setting up "hotspots" in Chad, Niger and Libya to process asylum applications. But the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says Libya's chronic instability would be a major obstacle to such centres operating there.
Nearly 100,000 migrants have made the perilous sea journey from Libya to Italy this year, and the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 2,000 have died on that route.

In July the number crossing to Italy dropped by 57% compared with June - partly, officials say, because Italy has tightened co-operation with Libyan security forces.

BBC    News.