NGOs under attack for saving too many lives in the Mediterranean

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Series Details 29.03.17
Publication Date 29/03/2017
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European politicians and media have accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the spring of 2017 of carrying out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean of undermining their efforts to stem the flow of migration from Libya. The author suggested that accusations by the EU’s border agency Frontex in February 2017 marked a new low in the trend of criminalising those helping migrants and refugees in Europe.

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ESO: Background information: MSF to no longer take funds from EU Member States and institutions
ESO: Background information: NGO-led rescue operations in the Mediterranean: Saving people, alleviating EU responsibilities
ESO: Information Guide: European Migration Challenges
Euro|Topics: Debates, April 2017: Accusations against NGOs in Mediterranean
BBC News, 23.04.17: Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers
Spiegel Online International, 04.05.17: The Deadly Mediterranean Route. EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis

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