Italy plans to send hundreds of troops to Niger

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 4.1.2018 14:34

On 28 December, Italy's general staff announced that the country plans to gradually deploy up to 470 soldiers in Niger, a transit country for migrants, to support the fight against people smugglers and traffickers.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni added that a portion of the 1,400 soldiers deployed in Iraq could move to the Sahel region in West Africa to support the fight against terrorism. France and other European countries are also aiming to speed up the deployment of anti-terrorist units in the G5 Sahel countries. With this move, Italy is trying to respond to the wave of illegal migration. The number of migrants arriving across the sea in Italy declined to around 119,000 in 2017, down by a third compared to the previous year. According to Italy, the agreement and cooperation with Libya are essential for this decline. Yet, according to testimonies and human rights organizations, many migrants detained in Libya end up in detention centres and experience inhumane conditions, torture and abuse as slaves.

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