Rescue of a third rubber boat on Wednesday, November 1st.

Mediterranean migration

Every year, thousands of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty at home attempt the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean. Countless lives are lost on the way.

Closing safe and legal options for people to each Europe pushes them further into people smugglers' networks. In Libya, the detention of migrants and refugees is a thriving enterprise of kidnapping and extortion.

MSF has worked in Search and Rescue in the Central Mediterranean. We also provide assistance to people in Libyan detention centres and those arriving in Europe.

WEBCLIP: Forced to End - Last weeks on the Aquarius (ENG)

The last weeks on the Aquarius

Forced to End

Since the start of its search and rescue mission in February 2016, the Aquarius has assisted nearly 30,000 people in international waters between Libya, Italy and Malta.

The Aquarius’ last active period of search and rescue ended on 4 October 2018, when it arrived in the port of Marseille following the rescue of 58 people.

MSF and SOS teams remained on board the vessels until 20 December 2018, when the Aquarius was returned to the ship owner.

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Press Release 18 Mar 2019
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MSF calls out French President Macron over hypocritical migration policies

Open Letter 15 Mar 2019
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Project Update 6 Feb 2019
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Refugees returned to overcrowded Libyan detention centres

Project Update 23 Jan 2019
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Speech 11 Dec 2018
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Open letter to the UN on the fate of refugees trapped in dangerous Libya

Open Letter 10 Dec 2018
Aquarius: denouncing and activity
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Aquarius forced to end operations as Europe condemns people to drown

Press Release 6 Dec 2018
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