Thirty Years of Struggle for a Humane Asylum Policy
Nearly ten years ago, on 3 October 2013, a ship bound from the Libyan port city of Misrata sank off the coast of Lampedusa. 366 people died. The then-Migration Commissioner Cecilia Malmström broke down in tears at the sight of the children’s coffins. After the shipwreck off Pylos that claimed 500 lives, Malmström’s current successor Ylva Johansson spoke of the need to reinforce border protection. The symbolism could not be starker.