September 23, 2004

A SPECIAL EUROPEAN WELCOME JUST FOR YOU

EU to study transit sites in Libya for immigrants (Judy Dempsey, International Herald Tribune, September 24th, 2004)

Germany and Italy are pressing ahead with plans for setting up holding centers in North Africa for would-be immigrants to the European Union, despite sharp opposition from other EU countries and the United Nations, politicians and diplomats said Thursday.

The proposals, which for the moment envisage siting the transit camps in Libya, will be thrashed out next week during a meeting of EU justice and interior ministers in the Netherlands.

Despite strong reservations from some quarters, the idea is "gaining ground," an EU diplomat said.

"Austria, Britain, Germany and Italy are pushing for it," said the diplomat, who asked not to be identified. "Spain has still to make up its mind after supporting it until the Socialist government was elected. France and Sweden are against it."

Rumour has it Libya got the job by underbidding North Korea.

Posted by Peter Burnet at September 23, 2004 9:09 PM
Comments

They could call it "The Camp of the Saints".

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 23, 2004 10:10 PM

Do the "holding centers" include on-site ovens?

Posted by: Ken at September 24, 2004 12:12 PM
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