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The Seventh Art and the Public Discourse on Maritime Migration

  • Laura Carballo PiñeiroEmail author
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Abstract

This paper looks at rescue-at-sea practices and their aftermath as portrayed in a number of European films. In this World, Malta Radio, Bon Voyage, Welcome, Terraferma, 4.1 Miles and Man at Sea address maritime migration, States’ omission in complying with their international obligations, and how the latter obliges individuals to make difficult choices against the backdrop of the law of the sea. The focus of these stories is on the saviours and their conflicts of interests while migrants are allocated a secondary role and one in which they are usually portrayed as victims. Although this is in line with the humanitarian response that these films primarily seek to trigger, it deprives migrants of their rights. As victims, migrants are at the mercy of saviours and rescuing them or not is an act of compassion, and not one legally compulsory. The paper finally argues that a holistic rights-based approach to the migration challenge is needed, with equality as the key word.

Keywords

Maritime migration Maritime interception Search and rescue operations Humanitarian law Human rights law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nippon Foundation Chair of Maritime Labour Law and PolicyWorld Maritime UniversityMalmöSweden

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