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Human & humanitarian smugglers: Europe’s scapegoat in the ‘refugee crisis’ EU Law Analysis

Rachel Landry writes "deeply entangled within the EU’s robust fight against human smuggling in the current ‘refugee crisis’ is the threat of criminalisation of a range of humanitarian acts, which should not be punished but rather praised."

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The ‘humanitarian smuggling’ of refugees: criminal offence or moral obligation? University of Oxford

At a time when it is nearly impossible for refugees to reach the European Union through safe and legal channels, and human smugglers are providing one of the only means for refugees to flee persecution, should human smugglers be brought to justice, or are they bringing about justice? This research is an inquiry into the range of morally permissible actions that might be considered 'humanitarian smuggling' - those acts of the facilitation of irregular entry that are morally blameless, if not praiseworthy or even obligatory, and should not be criminalised.

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