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26 November 2014

Professor warns of more asylum seeker deaths in the Mediterranean

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Professor Steve Peers

Professor Steve Peers

Professor Steve Peers, from our School of Law and Human Rights Centre, has appeared on Dutch national television talking about new measures aimed at reducing the number of asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.

Speaking on Niewsuur, which is broadcast by Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, Professor Peers said: “I think in an area the size of, as large and as rich as Europe you could say that another 100,000, 200,000 more people could be accommodated, although that’s a small portion of the overall numbers in the tens of millions worldwide. But I think politically that’s not realistic. It wouldn’t be easy to get elected as a politician who said ‘let’s have another 50,000 people in France’, or ‘20,000 in the Netherlands’.”

Professor Peers warned that the new measures are likely to result in more asylum seekers drowning in their bid to reach the EU, and human traffickers being the main beneficiaries of the Frontext co-ordinated sea operations.

Watch Professor Peers’ appearance (at 02.00 and onwards).


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