Am I being too cynical....?
Italy has asked for financial aid from the European Union to cope with what it said could become a mass influx of refugees from the uprising in Libya. The interior Minister Roberto Maroni said, somewhat hysterically Italy “cannot be left” to handle the impending exodus alone.
For good or ill, the Libyans seem ready to stay at home. Cecilia Malmstrom, the E.U. commissioner for home affairs, said "For the moment, we have not seen any people coming to Europe from Libya. There has been a considerable decrease of people coming from Tunisia."
It is always good to prepare for every contingency, especially if it involves a large handout from Brussels