Drowning migrants is good politics

An estimated 3,000 have drowned this year trying to cross the Mediterranean into the EU. Some say search-and-rescue missions have encouraged people to make dangerous crossings in the expectation of rescue. Others say that’s nonsense.

UNHCR Photo: A. D'Amato
This Italian navy vessel is carrying 186 people who were rescued at sea in March.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 11/05/2014 8:06 pm EST
Last Updated: Thursday, 11/13/2014 9:58 am EST

The European Union’s decision-making processes lend new depth to the word “incoherent,” and the current British government’s default mode is nastiness, but they have both outdone themselves this time.

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