`Europe runs risk of turning black from illegal immigration’: Gaddafi
3rd September 2010: A week after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was blamed for “extortion” following his call for annual payment of £4.1billion from the EU to stop immigration “turning Europe black”, senior Eurocrats are looking into the demand.
The development is significant as only recently a leaked confidential report from EU border officials estimated the entry of approximately 900,000 illegal immigrants a year into the EU.
It is now emerging that the proposal is being considered seriously. An EU spokesman, Matthew Newman, asserted there was a great scope to develop cooperation with Libya on the issue of migration.
Information available suggests talks between diplomats in Brussels and Tripoli have already been scheduled.
The move has, however, not gone down well with the critics. They were of the view the move could mean handing over of the British taxpayers’ money to the Libyan government.
The move comes at a time when there is chorus of disapproval over freedom enjoyed by Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi in Tripoli following his contentious release last year from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds.
Reacting to the developments, UK Independence Party Euro-MP Nigel Farage said British taxpayers should not be paying a penny towards this Arab dictator, particularly after the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
The EU apparently was adopting Labour’s open-door policy to immigration control. Eurocrats want to fling open borders and force people to pay for the privilege.
Vincenzo Scarpetta of the Eurosceptic think-tank Open Europe said there was a strong case to be made for cooperating with countries outside Europe to address illegal immigration.
But handing over billions of taxpayers’ cash to a dictator in exchange for a vague promise to stem migration flows was probably not the best idea – particularly as Colonel Gaddafi would find it difficult to deliver on this promise even if he wanted to.
The 67-year-old dictator’s call for cash to block the tide of migrants over the Mediterranean came during his visit to Rome.
He said in a speech attended by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Italy needs to convince her European allies to accept Libyan proposal: five billion euros to Libya to stop illegal immigration.
Europe runs the risk of turning black from illegal immigration, it could turn into Africa, he said, adding they needed support from the European Union to stop this army trying to get across from Libya, which is their entry point.