On The Line: Milène Larsson Discusses Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Next week On The Line, VICE News reporter Keegan Hamilton (https://twitter.com/keegan_hamilton) will answer your questions about North Korea.

VICE News journalist Milène Larsson (https://twitter.com/milenelarsson) joined On The Line to discuss Europe’s migrant crisis, and her reporting for the “Europe or Die” series.

Watch: People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die – http://bit.ly/1JwM6Ny

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This Week On The Line: Milène Larsson On Europe’s Migrant Crisis

On Thursday at 12pm EDT VICE News journalist Milène Larsson (https://twitter.com/milenelarsson) joins On The Line to discuss Europe’s migrant crisis, and her reporting for the “Europe or Die” series.

Watch: People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die – http://bit.ly/1JwM6Ny

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Libya’s Migrant Trade: Europe or Die (Trailer)

In a desperate bid to seek a better life in Europe, thousands of refugees and migrants leave the shores of Libya and cross the perilous Mediterranean Sea every month. Over 2,000 people have died making the journey in 2015 alone.

The routes to and journey through Libya are also dangerous, however, and since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, the country has struggled to achieve and maintain stability. Porous desert borders, rival fighters, and weak governance have left much of Libya in complete chaos.

With militias controlling large swathes of land, their attentions have turned to the people that cross their territories. The fighters assert they are bringing order to the country as they detain the refugees, yet these people’s lives have become valuable commodities to the militias as they try to solidify their positions in the country.

VICE News secured exclusive access to a camp outside Tripoli, run by a militia that has seized hundreds of migrants. Food is scarce, dehydration and disease is rife, and control comes in the form of whips and warning shots. The militia claims to have the migrants’ interests at heart, but what emerges is a very different story.

Watch “People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1NwZh2z

Read “As Many as 200 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast” – http://bit.ly/1VC961N

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Keeping Human Traffickers in Business (Excerpt from ‘People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die’)

In June the European Union (EU) responded to the colossal toll of people fleeing war and poverty dying on its borders by launching an 11.8 million euro ($12.8m) per year naval mission. EUNAVFOR Med was launched to tackle human trafficking from North Africa, a major contributor to the migration crisis that has claimed 2,000 lives in the Mediterranean in 2015 alone.

But while the EU has declared war on traffickers in Libya and elsewhere, another trade is booming on its doorstep. Land smuggling preys on desperate migrants and refugees hoping to escape the EU’s Dublin Regulation — whereby people seeking refuge are required to do so in the first country that they set foot in — and illegally cross European borders.

VICE News travels to Sicily, a main stepping stone into Europe, to follow a police operation to arrest suspected smugglers at a boat landing. We also find out about the land smuggling business of taking people from Sicily to northern Europe, and meet a small group of activists helping newly-arrived migrants and refugees avoid being exploited.

In this excerpt from ‘People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die,’ VICE News meets a former smuggler who provides an insight into the vast network of people involved in the grim business of trafficking, and suggests ways Europe could save many migrants’ lives.

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Read “Germany Is Set to Accept Asylum Applications From all Syrians Who Arrive There” – http://bit.ly/1fFsz1j

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Direct Action Saving the Lives of Migrants (Excerpt from ‘The Smartest Guy in the Sea’)

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More than 2,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea already in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration. As the Mediterranean migrant crisis continues in the face of apparent government inaction, a private organization has stepped in to help.

Founded by American millionaire Christopher Catrambone and his Italian wife Regina Catrambone, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aims to provide search and rescue assistance to the thousands of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.

In this excerpt, Simon Ostrovsky speaks with Robert Young Pelton, the Strategic Consultant for MOAS, about how government programs might be influenced by MOAS’s private life-saving mission.

VICE News is closely watching the international migrant crisis. Check out the Open Water blog here: http://bit.ly/1T3mPeX

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Europe’s Largest Migrant Reception Center (Extra Scene from ‘People Smuggling in Sicily’)

In June the European Union (EU) responded to the colossal toll of people fleeing war and poverty dying on its borders by launching an 11.8 million euro ($12.8m) per year naval mission. EUNAVFOR Med was launched to tackle human trafficking from North Africa, a major contributor to the migration crisis that has claimed 2,000 lives in the Mediterranean in 2015 alone.

But while the EU has declared war on traffickers in Libya and elsewhere, another trade is booming on its doorstep. Land smuggling preys on desperate migrants and refugees hoping to escape the EU’s Dublin Regulation — whereby people seeking refuge are required to do so in the first country that they set foot in — and illegally cross European borders.

VICE News travels to Sicily, a main stepping stone into Europe, to follow a police operation to arrest suspected smugglers at a boat landing, and meet a former member of a people trafficking network operating between Libya, Egypt, and Italy. We also find out about the land smuggling business of taking people from Sicily to northern Europe, and meet a small group of activists helping newly-arrived migrants and refugees avoid being exploited.

In this extra scene from ‘People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die,’ VICE News visits Europe’s largest migrant reception center, Cara di Mineo. We try to find out if the prospects for migrants who choose the legal route of entering the Italian system are better than for those who attempt illegal smuggling routes into other European countries. What we discover is a segregated migrant city of more than 3,200 frustrated residents, hidden away in a former US army base in the Sicilian countryside.

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Read “Syrian Migrants Are Now Being Processed on a Cruise Ship in Greece” – http://bit.ly/1Nn3XJg

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People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die

In June the European Union (EU) responded to the huge numbers of migrants and refugees dying on its borders by launching an 11.8 million euro ($12.8m) a year naval mission. EUNAVFOR Med was launched to tackle human trafficking from North Africa, a major contributor to the migration crisis that has claimed 2,000 lives in the Mediterranean in 2015 alone.

But while the EU has declared war on traffickers in Libya and elsewhere, another trade is booming on its doorstep. Land smuggling preys on desperate people hoping to escape the EU’s Dublin Regulation — whereby migrants seeking refuge are required to do so in the first country that they set foot in — and illegally cross European borders.

VICE News travels to Sicily, a main stepping stone into Europe, to follow a police operation to arrest suspected smugglers at a boat landing, and meets a former member of a people trafficking network operating between Libya, Egypt, and Italy. We also find out about the land smuggling business of taking people from Sicily to northern Europe, and meet a small group of activists helping newly-arrived migrants and refugees avoid being exploited.

Watch “Migrants Stranded on Kos: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1M8CkSt

Read “Hundreds of Migrants Locked in Greek Soccer Stadium as Kos Crisis Hurtles ‘Out of Control'” – http://bit.ly/1DML6ED

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