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Det italienske prosjektet Mare Nostrum har bidratt til å redde 150.000 illegale migranter i Middelhavet i løpet av det siste året. Mange hevder at prosjektet har økt strømmen av overfylte og lite sjøsikre farkoster og har endog gjort sitt til at menneskesmuglerne senker båtene når de ser at den italienske «redningen» er i sikte. Det anslås at over 3000 personer druknet ifjor. 

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Storbritannia vil ha en slutt på dette

Australia  tar ikke lenger imot asylsøkere som ankommer sjøveien. Her et knippe misfornøyde migranter som ikke ble mottatt med åpne armer: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/video/id-o2OTBhbDpcJ_qEa24-rHHhrj8Bdcue2R/Asylum-seeker-rage

Storbritannia vil ikke lenger støtte lete- og redningaksjoner i Middelhavet. Myndighetene mener at dette oppmuntrer migrantene til å forsøke seg på den farlige overfarten.

 Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, claiming they simply encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing, Foreign Office ministers have quietly announced.

British policy was quietly spelled out in a recent House of Lords written answer by the new Foreign Office minister, Lady Anelay: “We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean,” she said, adding that the government believed there was “an unintended ‘pull factor’, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths”.

Anelay said: “The government believes the most effective way to prevent refugees and migrants attempting this dangerous crossing is to focus our attention on countries of origin and transit, as well as taking steps to fight the people smugglers who wilfully put lives at risk by packing migrants into unseaworthy boats.”

Mare Nostrum avsluttes denne uken og EU har ingenting på trappene som skal erstatte prosjektet.

The Italian authorities have said their operation, which involves a significant part of the Italian navy, is unsustainable. Despite its best efforts, more than 2,500 people are known to have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the start of the year.

Instead of the Italian operation, a limited joint EU “border protection” operation, codenamed Triton and managed by Frontex, the European border agency, is to be launched on 1 November. Crucially, it will not include search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean, just patrols within 30 miles of the Italian coast.

The Guardian