On the Mediterranean

700 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean this week off the Libyan coast.

Some things to keep in mind:

1) It is because of Fortress Europe that migrants attempt this perilous journey. If Europe opened its borders to migrants, no migrant would have to take this enormous personal risk and not one person would drown in the Mediterranean. If you think asking Europe to open its borders to refugees is unreasonable, I say to you that at least 1500 people at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea in 2015 alone is much more unreasonable.

2) It is because of global structural inequality perpetuated by the ruling classes that migrants feel that their only chance at making a decent living is by moving to Europe.

3) It is because of local authoritarian regimes that many migrants find the conditions of their home country unbearable and would rather risk death for the chance of having a better life than live another moment in oppression, war, or destitution.

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