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EU deal finds homes for 64 migrants trapped on the Alan Kurdi rescue ship

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Analysis. Dozens of men, women and children huddled on the ships’ bridges in the cold and rain for nearly two weeks while Europe politicized its humanitarian obligations. Not exactly a shining example of the solidarity which is supposed to be a fundamental value of the European Union.

written by Leo Lancari

Topic Refugees


April 14, 2019

In the end, France, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg will be the four countries who will each receive some of the 64 migrants on the Alan Kurdi. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the breakthrough Saturday after 11 days of waiting, outlining the agreement reached with the European Commission, while complaining that “once again the smallest member of the European Union was put under unnecessary pressure, being asked to resolve a case which was neither its responsibility nor its remit” and stressing that the solution found “[made] it clear that Malta cannot keep shouldering this burden.”

Muscat conveniently ignored the fact that providing a safe haven for the victims of a shipwreck is a requirement of international law. La Valletta was also keen to specify that the ship belonging to the German NGO Sea-Eye........

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