Belgian minister: 'Saving migrants drives more to come'

The Belgian migration minister has blasted EU efforts to save drowning migrants in the Mediterranean as 'lunacy', saying it only encourages more to come.

Theo Francken said Belgium should withdraw its frigate from a mission to disrupt Libyan people-smuggling rings because it is often used to help save those pushed out to sea in rickety boats in the hopes of making it to Europe.

Mr Francken said 'this is not about whether we should save them or not', but said doing so creates a perverse incentive for more to come, leading to more deaths. 

Theo Francken, Belgium's migration minister, has said rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean is 'lunacy' and simply encourages more people to come 

Theo Francken, Belgium's migration minister, has said rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean is 'lunacy' and simply encourages more people to come 

Speaking to Belgian broadcaster VTM, he said: 'I personally think this operation should not be repeated because it is pure lunacy. There is no logic to it.'

'It is not about whether we should save them or not. We should. But this

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