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The European humanitarian groups raised the alarm, warning that the physical and mental health of those on board is deteriorating fast. The Dutch Sea-Watch 3 vessel rescued 32 migrants on December 22 and the German boat Sea-Eye took on board 17 more on December 29 amid turbulent, icy conditions.
Both ships are not only very close to one another, but also face similar urgent situations while awaiting a firm response from European Union nations.
France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, and Portugal have said they are ready to take in some of the migrants if other nations do the same, but Italy and Malta have steadfastly refused, leading to a furious EU diplomatic row.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat also refused, stating that he does “not want this case to set a precedent” for the small island state, which has a population of just 450,000. Its position makes it a target for many many human traffickers, as it is close to the Libyan coast.
originally posted by: AtlasHawk
The European humanitarian groups raised the alarm, warning that the physical and mental health of those on board is deteriorating fast.
originally posted by: DanDanDat
Why dont the The European humanitarian groups bring the migrants back to their country of origin. Why are they holding these people abourd putting their physical and mental health at risk?