Mediterranea, an Italian-flagged migrant rescue ship heads into the Mediterranean.

Mediterranea, an Italian-flagged migrant rescue ship heads into the Mediterranean

Migration North West 

A blog coordinated by the Migration Working Group at Edge Hill University.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons is a not-for-profit organisation based in Liverpool focussing on social inclusion. Among our European network of organisations supporting migrants and refugees’ rights, we work collaboratively with the promoters of a great initiative: Mediterranea.

This initiative comes as a response to Italy’s recent policy of refusing non-Italian rescue ships to dock in Italy with migrants they have rescued at sea. But the Italian government cannot refuse a ship flying an Italian flag. So, a group of activists is challenging the government because Italy will be forced to accept migrants arriving on their Italian-flagged ship. That means, in theory, Italy cannot turn the ship away at port.

Mediterranea is a 37-meter vessel, its objectives are to monitor, denounce, and rescue knowing that “saving one life in danger means saving everyone”.

Mediterranea is a non-governmental project by the joint work of heterogeneous organizations and individuals open to all voices from different perspectives, secular and religious, social and cultural, union and political, that feel the urge to share the goals of this project, which aims at giving hope, rebuilding humanity, and defending law and rights.

The project has been promoted and supported by several associations and NGOs. The mission has received the financial support of a group of Italian parliamentarians, as well as representatives of the world of culture and civil society.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 1,741 migrants have died in the attempt to cross the central Mediterranean this year alone. The specialized NGOs and UNHCR demand the implementation of legal and secure access routes to European countries so that these people are not forced to put their lives in danger at sea.

Anyone can contribute to it by promoting it, by becoming member, or through financial support.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons asks their partners to stand up for Mediterranea and wishes to develop a British supporting committee. Please get in touch: [email protected]

Andrea Gonzalez

Merseyside Expanding Horizons