It was replaced in November by the EU-wide Frontex Plus mission which has significantly reduced funding and scope. Britain has also announced it will not support any future search and rescue operations.
IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing called on the world to act after another boat filled with up to 950 people sank on Sunday, saying:
All of us, especially the EU and the world’s powers can no longer sit on the sidelines watching while this tragedy unfolds in slow motion and well over 1,500 have drowned since the beginning of January.
Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen also called for a Europe wide response to the crisis, saying:
How many more will have to drown before EU governments, including the UK, wake up to their responsibilities to save lives?