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Ocean Viking's largest ever rescue - witnessed first-hand
A group of Libyans from an earlier rescue are helping as well, handing out surgical masks, spraying santisers on their hands while welcoming the near new arrivals with pats on the back.

A young man from Bangladesh is in total shock, sobbing uncontrollably into his arm, his right hand shaking as he takes a seat on a wooden bench by the medical module. "Thank you, thank you so much," he says through tears.

The last survivor, out of a 369 saved on this night, stepped onto the Ocean Viking at 3.30 in the morning.

Lithuania Declares Emergency Over Undocumented Migrants from Belarus
"'We'll bring more support through Frontex,' European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Friday on a visit to Vilnius."
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 11:33:24 PM EST
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EU border agency to "significantly" step up Lithuania help
[Caption: Migrants from Cameroon rest at the refugee camp in Vydeniai, Lithuania, Saturday, July 10, 2021. European Union member Lithuania has declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants from neighboring Belarus in the last few days. ...]
On Friday, Lithuania started building a double barbed wire fence on the Belarus border. It will run for 550 kilometers (342 miles), covering most of the nearly 680-kilometer (423-mile) border and cost 41 million euros ($48 million), according to Lithuanian authorities.
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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, on a visit to Poland on Sunday, said that "technical steps are necessary to make the border work and be a real barrier, because now it can be easily crossed."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:27:10 PM EST
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Flattery by imitation
Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania's parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.

The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are being considered.

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EU rules, the spokesman added, forbid "externalisation" of the right to asylum.

Yet in practice, the bloc drove a coach and horses through this principle when it agreed its multi-billion euro `cash-for-migrants' deal with Recep Erdoğan's Turkey in 2015. ...it established the idea that the EU was prepared to pay to keep migrants away from European soil, and the Commission has been quietly pursuing similar arrangements with a host of African countries ever since.

by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:28:29 PM EST
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