After the shipwreck that has killed at least 79 migrants in the Aegean Sea last week, Alice Latouche, Phd researcher in sociology and fellow of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration, has been interviewed by France24 to explain the pushbacks happening on the Greek coast and the responsibility of European officials and authorities.
She explains : « Especially since 2020 pushbacks have been the usual practice of the Greek coastgards in the Aegean Sea. Most of the migrants that come through Turkey and want to go to Greece have to go through pushbacks. […] All the boats that are coming through the sea are stopped by the Greek coastgards, they take all people in the boat, they put them on their boats and then they will leave them on an emergency boat without any help in the Turkish sea. »
She proposes to « follow the law », since pushbacks are against the existing legislation and argues for the right to asylum : « Every person who want to ask for asylum in Europe, should be able to ask for asylum ».
Watch the whole interview :