Using Fear as a Weapon: Statement on Migration and Europe


On June 11th, 2018, 629 migrants on a cramped rescue ship waited outside an Italian port to disembark, receive medical treatment, and begin applications for asylum. After rescuing hundreds of migrants off the coast of Libya, the ship Aquarius was overcrowded, running out of food and fuel, and lacking the resources to help the 7 pregnant women, 11 young children, and 123 unaccompanied minors on board.

But instead of allowing the ship to dock, Italy closed its ports. More than 600 people were left stranded in the Mediterranean…

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