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Search & Rescue patrols on routes between Italy, Libya and Malta

by | Apr 2, 2016

New transit areas must be monitored on Mediterranean

Before the 4th of April, most migrants had been crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to the closest Greek Islands. However, after the EU-Turkey agreement, more and more migrants choose different routes to get across the sea. They are going not only to Greece but also to many other European countries like Malta and Italy. Distances from North Africa are long, and the sea is often dangerous even for professional boats, for unseaworthy boats and pontoons. Because of that, we plan to send our search and rescue and support crews on yachts to all these new focus areas. We’ll cooperate with local Coastguards and NGOs engaged in rescue missions.

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  • Image: National Geographic Staff. Source: Interactive Map on Irregular Migration Routes and Flows in Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean Region (MTM i-Map)