There are over ten NGO-run boats patrolling the coast of Libya to help thousands of refugees. But Frontex, the European border control and coast guard agency, thinks they are playing into the hands of smugglers.
The Sea-Eye rescue ship Alan Kurdi is anchored off the coast of Malta with over 60 refugees on board. The vessel has been forbidden to dock. Sea-Eye spokesperson Carlotta Weibl spoke with DW about the situation.
Malta says some 60 migrants stranded off its coast in the Sea-Eye charity vessel will be taken by four EU countries. Almost half of them will come to Germany.
The Sea-Eye, a Germany-based rescue organization, said the migrants aboard the Alan Kurdi vessel have had to endure "unsustainable humanitarian conditions." Italy and Malta have forbidden the ship to dock in their ports.
The threat comes amid a standoff with Malta over the fate of 177 migrants rescued by Italy in Maltese waters. Returning migrants to an "unsafe" Libya could pose legal troubles for Rome.
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