Illustration photo shows the Sea Watch 3, a vessel used to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean
Photo: Chris Grodotzki/Sea-Watch.org
Luxembourg is among eight European countries to receive asylum seekers from an NGO ship carrying rescued migrants, which has been stuck at sea since 19 January.
France, Germany, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Luxembourg have all offered to receive some of the 47 rescued migrants on board the Sea Watch 3, prompting Maltese authorities to finally allow the boat to dock.
It is not clear how many migrants Luxembourg will take. It forms part of an ongoing adhoc agreement by Luxembourg to help.
According to foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn (LSAP), earlier in January the grand duchy had already pledged to receive six migrants from rescues carried out in the Mediterranean in December 2018.
It’s not the first time the grand duchy has offered to help in such a situation. Luxembourg accepted to receive 15 migrants when the Lifeline, a ship carrying 230 migrants, was stranded for five days in the Mediterranean in June 2018. It also received migrants from the Aquarius, a ship carrying 141 migrants, which was caught in a standoff between member states in August.