US, NATO Actions Fueled European Migrant Crisis - French Senator

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Hands of Syrian Kurdish children are seen holding a fence in a UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) refugee camp on February 2, 2015, at Suruc, in Sanliurfa - Sputnik International
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The United States' war with Iraq and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) mission in Libya have helped to fuel the migrant crisis currently engulfing Europe, a senior French lawmaker told Sputnik on Tuesday.

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Yves Pozzo di Borgo, a senator and member of the French delegation at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session in Helsinki, points out the link between the conflicts in the Middle East and the unprecedented flow of migrants attempting to reach European shores.

"The US made a huge mistake when it went to Iraq, and France too, when it participated in NATO military action in Libya and killed [former leader Muammar] Gaddafi because now we are facing the result of this stupidity," di Borgo told Sputnik.

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On June 30, the UN Refugee Agency doubled its estimate of the number of internally displaced people in Libya to over 400,000 people, with over 2 million Iraqis fleeing wars over the past decade.

Di Borgo stated that economic migrants and refugees must be allowed into the bloc but only after "…organizing the process."

The UN Refugee Agency estimated that 1,867 people fleeing conflict had drowned in the Mediterranean this year.

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