European Union bureaucrats desperate for solutions to the Mediterranean refugee crisis are proposing a strategy of military action against people smugglers, and a mandatory quota system for E.U. member-states to accommodate migrants.
The military option is stoking controversy with Libya – a departure point for many of the Europe-bound migrants – and with Russia, while the quota proposal is drawing resistance from Britain’s newly-reelected Conservative government.
How the military approach will work in practice remains under discussion, but E.U. leaders agreed last month on a plan to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers.”