The great exodus: As tens of thousands of migrants make their way across the Mediterranean while the EU tears itself apart over the issue

Almost 1.5million migrants have arrived into Europe by sea since January 2015, while more than 100,000 have arrived this year 

Before Britain helped to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi, he said that without a prosperous Libya, the migration of Africans to Europe would be uncontrollable. Today, he seems to have been proved right.

After his killing in 2011, Libya’s oil-rich economy collapsed, to be replaced by a lucrative people-smuggling trade which sends fleets of boats across the Mediterranean carrying illegal migrants who have paid sky-high fares for the ‘privilege’.

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