On 13 May 2016, the UK House of Lords published a report on Operation Sophia - the EU’s naval mission in Libya and the Central Mediterranean. While, according to EU official data, the mission has rescued some 14,000 people over the past ten months, seized 114 smugglers' boats and facilitated the arrest of 69 suspected smugglers and traffickers by the Italian authorities, the House of Lords report’s main conclusion is that, to date, the EU mission has largely failed to disrupt the smugglers’ modu...

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