24 February 2015 By Neil Arun - BBC
Islamic State militants in Libya have vowed to attack Europe. Meanwhile, boatloads of migrants flee the collapsing state for European shores. Could the Mediterranean migration mask an influx of militants?
Italy and Egypt have warned that Islamic State (IS) militants could hide among thousands of migrants rescued by European patrols.
Both countries are troubled by the situation in Libya and have an interest in influencing it. However, neither has given any evidence to support its warnings.
The migrants are mostly from Syria and sub-Saharan Africa. The idea that they pose a threat evokes a vicious logic at odds with humanitarian imperatives: refugees bring conflict, as conflict breeds refugees.
What threat do the migrant boats pose? And what - if anything - can be done about it?
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