Author: Anchal Vohra
Anchal Vohra is a journalist based in Beirut and writes on the Middle East and Europe. In the past, she covered South Asia for more than a decade, focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Follow her work @anchalvohra on Twitter and at

When a boatload of migrants sets off from Libya in the direction of Italy, smugglers often tell those on board to get to international waters before raising the alarm. The migrants hope to be picked up by rescue boats run by humanitarian NGOs and taken on to Italy where they can apply for asylum. (More…)