Closing safe and legal options for people to reach 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 Sea, most recently in partnership with Sea-Watch onboard the search and rescue vessel, Sea-Watch 4. We currently provide assistance to people in Libyan detention centres and those arriving in Europe.
3 things to know - the impact of migration policies
The EU's migration policies are having a direct impact across the Mediterranean Sea, while people are trying to flee dangerous conditions in Libya. Here are three ways that the EU's policies on migration impact on the lives of people trying to seek safety.