EU migration deal may force NGOs to rethink, says charity

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Médecins Sans Frontières fears becoming ‘agent of Libya’ and forcing migrants to return

The NGO vessels that rescue refugees in the Mediterranean may have to rethink their missions if they are forced by the new European agreement on migration to coordinate all of their operations with the Libyan coastguard, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The warning by the humanitarian group came after the European council sealed an agreement on migration that said Europe would “step up” its support of Libya and called on all vessels in the Mediterranean to “not obstruct” Libyan coastguard operations, despite reports that the Libyan officials are committing grave human rights abuses.

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