European Leaders Struggle to Find Remedies following the Mediterranean’s Worse Migrant Shipwreck

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Author: 

Robert Williams

Date Published: 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Volume: 

31

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Adjective Enforcement
Arrest
Border Security
Comparative and International Law
Council of the European Union
Data Sharing
Deportation
Detention
European Commission
European Union
Evidence Gathering
Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Immigration
International Cooperation
Investigation
Maritime
Political Leaders
Political Strife
Smuggle
United Nations

Geographic Identifier: 

Italy
Libya

Abstract: 

On April 19, 2015 a large overcrowded migrant vessel in the Mediterranean between the Libyan coast and the Italian island of Lampedusa capsized resulting in the death of up to 1,000 migrants – making it the single deadliest shipwreck in the ongoing migration crisis facing Europe. Just over a dozen migrants survived including the captain and a fellow crewmember of the vessel who were arrested by Italian police and were detained on suspicion of multiple homicide causing a shipwreck, and facilitating illegal immigration. In response, European leaders arranged two hastily convened meetings between Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministers on April 20 and the European Council on April 23, as leaders quickly realized the need to combat an escalating humanitarian crisis.