Desperate Straits: The African refugee crisis hits Europe hard


It is estimated that by 2019 the flow of #migrants from Africa has reached 36 million people. One third is headed for Europe. Most refugees sail out of Libya on overcrowded inflatable boats, choosing to risk their lives and reach Sicily, rather than closer Tunisia or Malta. Why so? Many Italians believe that NGO rescue boats serve as mortal baits, luring more people into reckless crossings, only to end up in the hands of profiteers, exploiting migrants and pocketing budget funds allocated by the government.

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