A Sea-Level View of the Migrant Crisis

An EU plan to reduce the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe misses the mark and will endanger lives, says Craig Spencer, a doctor and public health professional working onboard a search-and-rescue vessel for MSF.

The plan seeks to “stem the migratory flow” by increasing funding to the Libyan Coast Guard and imposing new rules on NGOs conducting rescue operations in the Mediterranean. But it does nothing “to address why people have no choice but to attempt the dangerous passage” in the first place, Spencer argues.


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