Search and rescue operations and Dublin: ad hoc responses to refusals to disembarkation

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Over the past year, refusals by some EU Member States to disembark migrants rescued at sea have sparked mainly ad hoc responses on a “ship-by-ship” basis by a number of Member States in a purely ‘intergovernmental’ fashion, falling outside the EU legal framework and asylum acquis. A key issue is how to identify cooperating actors who handle SAR operations and design the criteria to allocate responsibility between them.

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