Published on Aug 14, 2019
Europe is again debating who should look after refugees and migrants who’ve risked their lives to escape war and violence in their own countries.
More than 500 who are stuck on rescue boats in the Mediterranean Sea have nowhere to go.
Italy and Malta have refused them entry, and no European country has offered to take them in.
Italy’s anti-immigrant Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is riding high in opinion polls, and is hoping to force a snap election.
Statistics show migrant arrivals in Italy have fallen by nearly 80% over the past year.
So is being tough on migration the answer for the rest of Europe?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Catherine Woollard – Secretary General of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles
John Campbell – Emeritus Reader of Anthropology at SOAS University of London who has written extensively on asylum and migration to Europe
Ulrich Brueckner – Political Scientist and Professor in European Studies at Stanford University in Berlin