‘Offshoring’ was Australia’s uncaring answer to human misery. Now it’s the EU’s hidden scandal
The Alan Kurdi picked up 64 migrants last Wednesday. Neither Italy nor Malta will allow the ship to dock. It’s the latest standoff between national authorities and migrant rescue boats in the Med.
The policy of “zero tolerance” towards undocumented migrants is borrowed from Australia. The current centre-right coalition in Canberra came to power in 2013 promising to “stop the boats” of asylum seekers. A military operation, Operation Sovereign Borders, was set up to intercept migrant boats. Posters boasted “No Way: You Will Not Make Australia Home”.