Borderline Europe criticizes EU border controls

Aid organization Borderline Europe has been honored with the 2012 Aachen Peace Prize for its criticism of what it calls the EU’s harsh border control policies that leave the union with blood on its hands.

Refugees coming to Europe seem to top the headlines only when major tragedies strike – but the drama persists even when the coverage doesn’t. For many years, people from Africa have made dangerous trips in inadequate vessels in an effort to seek refuge on European shores. And for many years, European authorities have tried to stop them. Aid organization Borderline Europe has been trying to give refugees a voice since 2007.

Coast guards in Italy, Greece, Spain and France are supported logistically and with personnel by the EU border protection agency Frontex. (more on