NATO's Response to Migration is Dangerously Myopic

An empty inflatable boat in Aegean Sea. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and Greenpeace are conducting joint operations at sea to provide assistance to boats in distress off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos, in coordination with and in support of the Greek Coast Guard.
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued the following statement today from Aurelie Ponthieu, MSF humanitarian affairs advisor on displacement, after NATO announced its response to migration in the Aegean Sea:

"More than 300 men, women and children have drowned in the Aegean in their desperate attempts to reach Europe this year alone. In this context, NATO’s involvement in the ‘surveillance of illegal crossings’ is dangerously myopic. People will continue to risk their lives in search of safety and protection, no matter the obstacles that the EU—and now the leaders of the NATO alliance—put in their way. How many deaths will it take before Europe, Turkey, and others focus their energy on providing humanitarian solutions rather than deterrence measures that clearly miss the point?"

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An empty inflatable boat in Aegean Sea. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and Greenpeace are conducting joint operations at sea to provide assistance to boats in distress off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos, in coordination with and in support of the Greek Coast Guard.
Alessandro Penso/MSF/Greenpeace