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Some 20 percent of Libya’s population is from south of the border (Black Africa, that is), invited there by the country’s president, because Islamic values don t stop at the Rio Grande, or something like that. For this reason, as well as geographic proximity, the country has become a major transit point for people trying to sneak into Italy, like the hundreds of people who landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the weekend. In regards to this crisis, Libya’s foreign minister recently told a Turin newspaper: “If for you Italians illegal immigration is a problem, for us it’s much more. It’s an invasion.”


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