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Europe’s new anti-migrant strategy? Blame the rescuers

Across Europe's seas, anti-immigrant strategies have found a new target: the rescuers

By Daniel Howden   April 2018

A MSF boat off the coast of Libya. Photo: PA

It was the Ark Explorer’s low “freeboard,” the distance between the ship’s deck and the waterline, that saved the rusted, ageing trawler from the wrecker’s yard. The Ark’s low clearance had helped fishermen haul netfuls of cod and herring out of the freezing North Sea for half a century. It also looked about right for fishing refugees out of the Mediterranean.

In May 2016, the Dutch-flagged 158-tonner was bought by a collective of German political activists called Jugend…

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