Het einde van de Middellandse Zeeroute - Humanity House

Het einde van de Middellandse Zeeroute - Humanity House

23 Sep 2018

Up to now more than 1.500 people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018 while trying to reach Europe. In general politicians, aid agencies and scientists agree that the Mediterranean route, by which migrants from North African countries try to reach Europe, should end. They only disagree about the right solution.

During this programme we will discuss this topic with experts, politicians, activists and journalists. We are looking for the most humane way to end the Mediterranean Sea route. A way that can also work for Europe.

★ Sandra Hammamy has been working since 2015 on the boats of Sea-Watch, an organisation that picks up migrants in distress at sea, and brings them to Europe. We talk with her about her work, the European migration policy and the diabolical dilemma of aid organisations: if you save people sailing at sea, you also encourage them to continue to use the boats. Politicians have therefore accused SeaWatch (and other rescue organisations) of helping people smugglers. How does Sandra look at this dilemma? And how does she think we can end the Mediterranean Sea route?
★Salwa Zaher works as a journalist for Majalla. In 2012, she fled from Syria to Egypt. Two years later she came to the Netherlands. She will talk about her own flight via the Mediterranean route and what she thinks is required for humane policies for refugees.
★ Other speakers will be announced shortly.