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Shipowners disappointed by the EU's migration pact: Merchant vessels are not included

The European shipowners are disappointed by the EU's migration pact. In an open letter, shipowners' association ECSA calls for a guarantee that merchant vessels be allowed to put rescued migrants ashore.

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European shipowners' association ECSA and several labor unions representing seafarers are disappointed by the fact that the EU's migration pact does not take merchant vessels into account.

In an open letter, ECSA and the labor unions urge the European Commission to ensure that distressed migrants that are picked up by merchant vessels can be put ashore and will not end – as was the case for 27 migrants aboard Maersk Etienne – as pawns in a political game, where they are bounced between countries with no intention of accepting them.

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