Italy: Coast Guard intercepts 408 migrants off Libyan coast

The Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) intercepted 408 migrants off the Libyan coast as part of their "relief efforts," Sunday, May 31. The vessel was en route to Europe through the dangerous straights of the Mediterranean, which has become the world's most dangerous route for migration in recent years. EU officials have recently approved plans to use warships and reconnaissance aircraft in an attempt to stop migrant smugglers from operating in the north of Africa, specifically Libya. Libyan authorities have rejected the plan, but Brussels will reportedly continue to push the proposal as a UN resolution. Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain have already promised to deploy vessels for the mission if it goes ahead. However, both France and Britain have stated they will opt-out of an Italian-led proposal to share asylum seekers throughout the continent.