Italy reports rescue of almost 1,500 northbound migrants off Libya | The Japan Times (via API)

Ringrazio per la foto Matteo Penna.

Ringrazio per la foto Matteo Penna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japan Times reports via an API article that nearly 1,500 migrants, including many women and children, have been rescued in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya over the past two days by the Italian authorities.

Source: Italy reports rescue of almost 1,500 northbound migrants off Libya | The Japan Times

The article highlights that Europe’s recent immigration deal with Turkey will focus smugglers’ attention on the North African route.

Soon the weather will start improving quickly in the Mediterranean, so any weaknesses in the EU’s immigration policies will be highlighted. Elsewhere in the news there are increasing doubts about the effectiveness and consequences of EU immigration policy.

Thoughts?

Why isn’t Europe keeping its promise to resettle refugees? | World Economic Forum

This short article from WEF is very insightful. It highlights that in September, the European Union agreed to relocate 160,000 migrants stuck in Greece and Italy, but progress has been painfully slow. The article zooms in on the EU blaming Greece for not introducing border controls. Perhaps, somebody should remind the EU that Greece is still in crisis as a result of the EU’s austerity policy? Without serious money thrown at problems, it look like the EU will face increasing inertia in its immigration policies.

Source: Why isn’t Europe keeping its promise to resettle refugees? | World Economic Forum

It seems that the EU is blaming Greece but Germans know from regional election results that the real blame rests with Angela Merkel‘s rose tinted immigration policies.

This article highlights how EU immigration policy is currently unworkable and leading to increasing crime in countries like Germany.

Is it time for a major reversal of EU immigration policy?

Thoughts?