Migration policy is all at sea and needs to change
While only a few countries may be pushing back boats of migrants, the whole of the EU is pushing away commitments to asylum-seekers.
Appeared in print on 22.10.2009
It is rare for a week to go by without something shameful happening on the EU’s southern borders. It might be news of a rickety boat left floating in the Maltese search-and-rescue zone, eventually picked up with half its occupants dead from dehydration. Or it might be a United Nations report confirming that asylum-seekers were among those picked up by the Italian coastguard and handed over to the Libyan authorities, to be sent to a detention centre without recourse to justice. Or it might be a non-governmental organisation report that children in a Greek detention centre are on hunger strike to protest against appalling conditions.