Briefing: the duty of refugee sea rescue in international law

In the absence of safe and legal routes to sanctuary countries in which they can rebuild their lives, refugees often resort to travel by unsafe means. The issue of rescuing refugees at sea has risen in global prominence, with an estimated 40,000 refugees and other migrants dying between 2014 and 2020 in the process of moving between countries. Over half of those deaths occurring by drowning in the Mediterranean. The issue has also risen in domestic prominence here in the United Kingdom, with the government recently announcing a new policy of conducting “push-back” operations in the English Channel. The United Nations Refugee Convention does not impose any duty on state parties … Continue reading Briefing: the duty of refugee sea rescue in international law