Holding Centres Will Not Prevent Migrations to Europe

“Holding centres will not stop migrants risking their lives off Europe’s shores,” by Sherif Elsayed-Ali for Amnesty International:

As the summer “boat season” approaches, with a surge in migrants, asylum seekers and refugees making the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to the European Union, the authorities are scrambling to prevent further tragedy off Europe’s shores. Too often, we have seen how this journey ends with hundreds of deaths at sea amid a series of horrific shipwrecks.

But the reported proposal to establish processing centres in North Africa for migrants and refugees bound for the EU is poorly conceived at best. Similar proposals were made in 2003. It was a bad idea then; it’s a bad idea now…

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