MSF launches lifesaving mission in Mediterranean because Europe “is not willing”

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2236
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The charity Médecins Sans Frontières is launching an independent mission to save lives of migrants because it says Europe is still not doing enough to rescue them as they try to cross the Mediterranean from Africa.

From early May the medical charity, working jointly with a small Maltese charity called Migrant Offshore Aid Station, will operate rescue missions across the Mediterranean and as close as possible to Libya, where most migrant boats set out. The European Union stopped doing similar missions last year out of concern that they were encouraging migration and, despite agreeing to triple spending on its rescue efforts, …

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