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Irish navy gets tough

  • 08-10-2017 8:05pm
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    The first Irish naval vessel to take part in a major operation targeting human traffickers heads for the Mediterranean today.
    The LE Niamh will be taking part in Operation Sophia, the EU mission to capture boats used by people smugglers, and return migrants to the Libyan authorities.
    Most of the rubber dinghies were disposable anyway, but if the migrants are now going to be taken back to the nearest port instead of being ferried all the way across the Med to Italy, then this will represent a major U-turn in policy.

    I wonder if this new policy is coming primarily from Dail Eireann or from Berlin?
    Anyhow, it should reduce the "pull" effect that the Libyan coastline currently has for migrants from all over the African continent. NGO ships will continue to operate as before though, hovering around the Libyan 12 mile territorial limit, waiting to pick up people from the trafficker's boats.


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