Author: Hannah Markay
Hannah Markay is a recent graduate of the MSc in refugee and forced migration studies at the University of Oxford. She is working in an observatory on migration in Lampedusa.

To deter migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, European authorities have seized upon a seemingly innocuous bit of international maritime law to block NGO-run rescue ships from their lifesaving work: the requirement that every vessel with seaward ambitions – from search-and-rescue vessel to pleasure boat – carry a national flag. (More…)