Refugees

Why Europe Must Help Refugees at Sea

Decision by human-rights court drives policy in Italy, Greece and beyond.

The danger is real.

Photographer: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

If you're as cynical as I am about Europe's impulse to control migration from Arab lands, you might have the same question I did: Why don't European navies interdict the refugees at sea, and send them back to Libya or Turkey or wherever they're coming from? It might seem cruel, but after all, that's what the U.S. did with Haitian boat people in the 1990s and what Australia still does with asylum-seekers.

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