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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