ONE MILLION migrants expected to hit Europe this year as North Africa struggles
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As the political situation in Libya gets worse, more and more migrants from Syria and North Africa flood Europe after traveling through the Mediterranean and Greek islands.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ISIS continues to spread across North Africa, forcing thousands to pack up their families and flee to Europe through the same route Syrian migrants have been taking for the past year.
Though the United States claims to be making progress in Libya, Europe has been weighed-down with too many migrants, forcing the country to consider drastic measures.statement released by Sergei Stanishev, the President of the Party of European Socialists, he wrote: "People ask me a lot lately, 'what's the use of the EU?'. I usually chuckle and answer, 'what would you like it to do?'"
He continued, stating EU countries want protection from "aggressive" economies and want a resolution to the refugee crisis.
Of the refugees, Stanishev specifically said: "The refugee crisis has now highlighted our division and has led some Europeans into the arms of populists, nationalists and extremists, or even violent ideologies. We have hit rock bottom."
He then called for all of Europe to focus on the "well-being of the people."
An unnamed government source warned that closing routs through Turkey and Greece would result in more migrants traveling through an already distraught Libya.
"In the last few months the eastern Mediterranean has been of most concern because it is the shortest route and has been possible to cross in the winter," the source stated.
"But we should be thinking and preparing now for what happens as we move into summer on the western Mediterranean route, which is where this issue started to flare up last year...
"If we close down the route to Greece we have to remember that 50 per cent using that route are non-Syrians who may well look at other routes - we may see the diversion of people into the western Mediterranean route."
Since Tuesday, 2,400 migrants were intercepted by Italian coastguards, with the UN reporting 9,500 migrants landing in Italian ports since the beginning of the year.
EU states hold tightly to hopes of completing a deal to send Turkey billions in aid - and to enact a controversial decision to remove migrants days after their arrival - as a last-ditch effort to better control the migrant population arriving in Greece.
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