Latest migrant deaths a setback for EU rescue mission

February 12, 2015 11:07 AM

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Retired brigadier Martin Xuereb, the former head of Malta’s armed forces, is director of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a Malta-based charity that uses a 40-metre vessel, the Phoenix, to assist boats in distress at sea. The rescue group saved more than 3,000 people adrift at sea in the Mediterranean last summer. The latest migrant deaths are a setback for Triton, the European Union mission that took over from Italy’s Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation in November. Mr. Xuereb, in an interview with The Globe and Mail on Wednesday, said a new Mare Nostrum-type operation is urgently required.

Why are migrants now leaving Libya even when the weather is bad?The push factors are huge now. We know what’s happening in Syria. People feel that they have no option but to leave, and to leave now. We also know what is happening in sub-Saharan Africa. There is a market. People are just going for it...

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