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The E.U.’s reluctance to help migrants crossing the Mediterranean betrays the organization’s values
In the aftermath of the drowning on Oct. 3, 2013, of over 360 migrants off the coast of Italy’s Lampedusa island, the Italian navy initiated a search-and-rescue operation it named Mare Nostrum. In the year that followed the tragedy, Italian sailors rescued more than 100,000 migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean in unsafe boats.