Demand for safe havens
Due to the closed-door policy of Europe, migration routes are becoming increasingly dangerous – especially across the Mediterranean. According to the UN, 1,940 people were listed as dead or missing there in 2022; civil organisations assume a much higher number.
At the same time, civilian sea rescue initiatives are increasingly criminalised, with aid workers being accused of human trafficking. And, despite the policy of deterrence: in 2023, the number of people fleeing to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea has increased again – and so the number of victims.
Movements like Seebrücke are a counter-voice to the European policy of sealing people off, and stand up for the freedom of movement of all people.