The Savior’s Dilemma

Are naval search-and-rescue operations saving migrants’ lives — or just encouraging them to take greater risks?

Foreign Policy
Oct 5, 2017 · 7 min read
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A picture taken from the moonbird aircraft of the German NGO Sea-Watch shows that hundreds of migrants are rescued with a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea on September 15, 2017 — Alessio Paduano/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

By Peter Tinti

At 7:42 a.m. on May 10, Sea-Watch, a German aid organization that conducts search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean just outside Libya’s territorial waters, got word of a migrant boat in…

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