Poet on a Hill

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Aquarius and the 629 migrants...


There’s quite a kerfuffle about the 629 migrants rescued by the French ship Aquarius. According to the BBC they were picked up off the coast of Libya. Now Italy and Malta, who have accepted more than their fair share of migrants in the past, are being given a lot of stick for not wanting the latest bunch.

So what’s it all about? The migrants were picked up close to Libya. It’s the duty of the rescue boat to return them to a safe haven. Libya was the obvious place to take them. They must have been safe there. How else could they walk across the country, bargain with the ferry-masters and board their boats if they weren’t reasonably safe?

Strikes me someone’s playing politics here.