EU Considers ‘Detention Centres’ for Migrants in North Africa

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Leaked documents show that the European Union (EU) is considering funding prisons in Libya to stem the flow of migrants this summer. A new leaked internal EU document from the European External Action Service (EEAS) has revealed that the EU has been in secret negotiations with the government in Libya to create prisons for migrants to prevent attempts at crossing into Italy. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who shot to prominence for weeping after the Brussels attacks, is named as one of the key officials involved in the project Spiegel Online reports. The report suggests that Libyan authorities could work with the EU to create, “temporary detention centres for migrants and refugees,” and says that they should also consider building prisons. The ideas seem radical but are not so new as the EU previously paid deceased dictator Muammar Gaddafi money to house migrants in what the late dictator referred to as “detention centres” but often ended up just being regular prisons in practice. While the tactic did work to stem the flow of migrants, many were critical of the relationship between the Union and the dictator. The problem, since the fall of Gaddafi, has been the lack of a consistent government in