An EU naval mission, "Operation Sophia," is aimed at cracking down on people smugglers. But the ships that take part also rescue refugees on the high seas - more than 12,000 so far. Our reporter meets an officer cadet on board a German ship.
Europe is divided over the refugee crisis and there is no unified approach in response, says Sebastian Bruns. According to the security expert, a joint naval aid unit could provide an opportunity.
An EU naval mission, "Operation Sophia," is aimed at cracking down on people smugglers. But the ships that take part also rescue refugees on the high seas -- more than 12,000 so far.
German aid group Sea-Eye has announced it will suspend migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) took a similar decision citing security concerns.
Thousands of migrants have been embarking on a perilous journey to the Mediterranean - their fate is determined by refugee rescue ships and government policy in Europe. Who are the major players involved?
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