About: Mare Nostrum

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.
Global Europe 31-10-2017

Europe’s quiet offensive against people helping refugees

Three years ago today (31 October), EU pressure on Italy forced the end of one the EU’s most successful humanitarian missions, ‘Mare Nostrum’, a search-and-rescue operation that in just one year brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores. Ben Hayes and Frank Barat look back on three years since the end of Operation Mare Nostrum.

MEPs call on member states to share asylum seeker burden

EU lawmakers Tuesday (28 April) demanded the bloc share the burden of accepting asylum seekers, as the pressure on southern European countries from migrants crossing the Mediterranean showed no sign of easing.

NGOs: Migration summit fell short of expectations

EU leaders have missed a real opportunity to make a serious difference in the lives and deaths of the people suffering daily in the Mediterranean, say NGOs.

EU leaders shy away from revamping the asylum policy

European heads of state and heads of government will meet this afternoon, 23 April, to agree on tougher measures to stem the flow of sinking refugee ships in the Mediterranean. But they are highly unlikely to make headway in introducing an element of “solidarity” in the Union’s asylum policy. EURACTIV France reports.

EU leaders try to rise to the refugee crisis challenge

European Union leaders who decided last year to halt the rescue of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean will reverse their decision today (23 April) at a summit hastily convened after nearly 2,000 people died at sea.
Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

Tusk considers extraordinary summit over migrant boat disasters

European Council President Donald Tusk is considering calling a special summit of EU leaders on the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean after a fishing boat capsized overnight off the Libyan coast, killing as many as 700 migrants.

Rights groups: EU leaders don’t care about drowning immigrants

Rights groups lashed out at the EU on Wednesday for scrapping rescue operations in the Mediterranean, saying it had endangered the lives of thousands of desperate migrants making perilous journeys across the sea.

Avramopoulos: We talk to dictatorial regimes to fight migration

The EU's migration chief insisted yesterday (4 March) that the bloc must work with dictatorships in order to fight smugglers who traffic migrants to Europe, often using dangerous sea routes across the Mediterranean.
The Blue Sky M cargo ship docked at the Gallipoli harbour in southern Italy on 31 Dec. [Reuters]

Commission steps up response to ‘ghost ships’

Human traffickers have started to smuggle migrants to Europe on big ships, a challenge the European Commission was quizzed over its response to today (5 January).
[Frontex.europa.eu]

Gil Arias-Fernández: ‘the immigration problem in Calais is not so bad’

Gil Arias-Fernández, Executive Director of the European border control agency Frontex, spoke to EURACTIV France about Operation Triton and the immigration situation in Calais.
Global Europe 17-11-2014

Philanthropist couple who saved 3,000 migrants at sea appeal for funds

A philanthropist couple who saved 3,000 lives at sea after investing in a ship to rescue migrants from rickety boats in the Mediterranean are appealing for funds to relaunch their mission next year.
Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

Britain opposes operations to save migrants in Mediterranean

The UK will not support future search and rescue operations to save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to the country's foreign ministry, prompting concerns this policy will put lives at risk.

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