EU Naval Operations in the Mediterranean Sea work to save lives at sea, strengthen border control and disrupt the business model of traffickers and human smugglers. Since 2015, EU operations in the Mediterranean have contributed to saving more than 400.000 people; To reinforce its capacity to save lives at sea, the EU significantly enhanced its maritime presence in 2015, tripling the resources and assets available for Frontex Joint Operations Poseidon and Triton.
EU Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Sophia was launched on 22 June 2015, to take urgent action against traffickers and human smugglers in the Central Mediterranean. Following a decision by the European Council. Its objective is to contribute to the wider EU efforts to disrupt the business model of criminal networks in the Central Mediterranean and thus prevent further loss of life at sea.
All activities are undertaken by the operation adhere to and are conducted under full respect of international law, including human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and the principle of non-refoulement. This activity includes:
87 - smugglers & traffickers arrested by Italian authorities
following EUNAVFOR Med activities.
296 - vessels removed from criminal organizations availability.
25993 - migrants rescued.
178 - rescue operations.
38031 - migrants rescued through EUNAVFOR Med aero-naval support.
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