To understand Britain’s role in the refugee crisis, it helps to zoom out a bit. So here’s the view from the middle of the Mediterranean, where I’m writing this aboard a Médecins Sans Frontières rescue boat. Earlier this morning, the crew rescued nearly 1,000 Eritrean refugees who are fleeing one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. The boat is now at twice its capacity, but the Italian coastguards have asked us to stay here instead of returning to Sicily. This is because, in the surrounding waters, we can see several other migrant boats for whom the other rescue missions in the area don’t have the space either.
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