Democracy & Justice

EU States Leave Spanish Fishermen Stuck with Migrants

Since no EU country has agreed to take them, the Spanish government is maintaining its decision to send back the 12 African asylum seekers rescued from a dinghy by a Spanish fishing boat, the Nuestra Madre Loreto....

by LibertiesEU

Since no EU country has agreed to take them, the Spanish government is maintaining its decision to send back the 12 African asylum seekers rescued from a dinghy by a Spanish fishing boat, the Nuestra Madre Loreto. Italy and Malta told the boat's captain to take the migrants back to Libya but the crew fears the asylum seekers would mutiny. The Spanish Ombudsman has asked the Foreign Ministry to consider taking them in for humanitarian reasons, underscoring that the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) does not consider Libya a safe harbour for migrants.