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There is something rotten about the European Union's debate on migration.Nowhere is the human cost of EU policies more visible than in the Mediterranean Sea. Consider Europe's approach to search and rescue operations. Last November, Italy suspended its Mare Nostrum rescue operation (which it launched in 2013, after more than 300 migrants drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa), because other EU member states refused to share the costs – some $10.6 million a month. Europe's debate on migration is so toxic that the forces actually causing people to move are seldom discussed.Faced with a humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, the EU has responded by trying to build a fortress. But the fortress has merely rechanneled, rather than stemmed, the flow of people, forcing migrants and refugees to attempt dangerous sea crossings – even as search and rescue operations are being scaled back. The lesson of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean is clear: Fortress Europe is not working.
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