“Ships are being stranded in the sea sometimes for days, sometimes weeks,” he said. “Just waiting for the discussions to result in a solution.”
Some EU leaders met at the end of June to work out a deal on migration, that saw a rough plan emerge to send migrants to “control centers” to be created only in those countries that volunteer to host them- but the deal hasn’t made a practical difference for rescue ships working in the Mediterranean sea yet.
When Aquarius does dock, there will be fast registration as the authorities record each person’s name, age, country of origin. Those in need of medical attention will be taken to hospital, others will stay in reception centers while they wait for more thorough interviews- then they’ll be sent on, out of Malta. 60 migrants will be sent to Spain, 60 to France and 30 to Portugal – the rest will go to Luxembourg and Germany. Many of those on board the Aquarius are under 18, and will need special care when the ship docks.
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