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The EU’s Dystopian Borders

  • April 18, 2015
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Many people, including myself, have asked how many migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Europe is prepared to tolerate before it takes serious action to try and prevent them.   After the events of last week I think we have the answer.   It is now becoming horribly and disturbingly clear that there may in fact...

2014: A Record Year for Europe’s Deadly Borders

  • October 04, 2014
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At the end of this month I’m going to Equador to lead a walking group.     In order to enter the country all I need to do is buy a plane ticket and arrive in Quito.     I don’t need a visa unless I stay for more than 90 days, but if I...

Lampedusa 2

  • June 23, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Jun 22, 2011 (IPS) – It”s only a few hundred metres from the rocky hillside overlooking Lampedusa”s commercial port to the other side of the protected bay. For more than a decade this narrow strip of ocean has been a migratory gateway into Europe for tens of thousands of mostly African migrants. The...

Lampedusa 1

  • June 22, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy – It”s 4.30 in the morning and the full moon is low in the sky above Lampedusa harbour as the Guardia di Finanza patrol boat escorts a fishing boat containing 19 Tunisian migrants into the closed military port. They include six women, one child and to the amusement of the Medicins...

Death in the Mediterranean

  • May 10, 2011
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Ever since the first appearance of ‘boatpeople’  en route from Morocco to Spain in the early 1990s, the Mediterranean has been a graveyard for migrants, but the death toll has now reached truly staggering proportions as a result of the Libyan war.

Last month 800 people are estimated to have drowned trying to reach Lampedusa and...

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