“The present situation is untenable, perilous and inhumane. Immediate action is required.”
More than 90 Maltese academics have joined forces with 232 other academics from various universities and academic institutions within the European Union, urging Member States to take action in aid of the 49 migrants currently stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.
The press release calls for Member States of the European Union to open their ports and allow for the migrants to safely disembark, some of whom have been at sea for up to 12 days.
49 refugees and migrants remain stranded in the Mediterranean Sea, some of them have now been out there for 12 days. To date, not a single Member State has stepped up and offered refuge. The conditions are deteriorating and the situation is desperate.
We call upon the European Union and its Member States to support the life-saving work of search and rescue vessels, to open ports for safe disembarkation, and to assume shared responsibility for refugees and migrants saved at sea.
The present situation is untenable, perilous and inhumane. Immediate action is required.
The call comes just days after Malta rescued 69 asylum seekers who had been found in distress on a wooden boat.