Greek border guards (left), and people clinging to a capsized boat in the Mediterranean.

Greek border guards (left), and people clinging to a capsized boat in the Mediterranean.

Foto:

Sakis Mitrolidis / AFP; Valeria Mongelli / AP

Europe's Brutal and Illegal Approach to Migration "Our Orders Are Clear. Nobody Gets Through."

Months of reporting has revealed the violent – and illegal – brutality the EU is deploying at its external borders to ward off migrants. Those few refugees who make it through describe beatings, harassment and abasement. Yet there are examples of what a humane migration policy could look like.
DER SPIEGEL 44/2021
SPIEGEL International
Migrants on an inflatable raft in the Mediterranean. Europe likes to talk about its values, but the reality looks quite a bit different.

Migrants on an inflatable raft in the Mediterranean. Europe likes to talk about its values, but the reality looks quite a bit different.

Foto: Yousef Murad / AP
Greek border officials patrolling along the Greek-Turkish border.

Greek border officials patrolling along the Greek-Turkish border.

Foto: Sakis Mitrolidis / AFP
Migrants in an internment camp in Tripoli: A brutal, often deadly cycle of violence.

Migrants in an internment camp in Tripoli: A brutal, often deadly cycle of violence.

Foto:

Sara Creta

"It was worse than hell."

Julia, 22, a migrant from Mali

Migrants sitting on a pier next to a ship belonging to the Libyan Coast Guard, which receives equipment, training and financing from the EU.

Migrants sitting on a pier next to a ship belonging to the Libyan Coast Guard, which receives equipment, training and financing from the EU.

Foto: Mahmud Turkia / AFP
“The wardrobe was full of clothes, just for us. It was so nice. We felt like VIP refugees."

Shurook D., a refugee taken in by Germany through a resettlement program

Heba (left) and Shurook D.: They found an apartment waiting for them when they arrived.

Heba (left) and Shurook D.: They found an apartment waiting for them when they arrived.

Foto: Felix von der Osten / DER SPIEGEL