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The Civil Fleet Podcast

May 30, 2023

In today's episode we speak with filmmaker Sonita Gale, about her award-winning documentary film Hostile


Sonita tells us how Britain's "hostile environment" stretches much further back than 2012, when then home secretary Theresa May coined the term, and is rooted in the British Empire. 


We hear how successive...

Apr 21, 2023

In today's episode, we speak with migrant rights campaigner and policy expert Zoe Gardener about the UK's Illegal Migration Bill
Zoe tells us how the government plans to reject the asylum applications for anyone who enters the country irregularly, including victims of trafficking and slavery, to house them in...

Mar 23, 2023

In today's episode we speak with Jelka and Amara.

Amara was one of 108 people who were rescued by an oil tanker, called the El Hiblu 1, in March 2019 after escaping Libya.

The European authorities ordered the El Hiblu 1's crew to wait for the Libyan coastguards to come and take the rescued back to the war-torn...

Mar 11, 2023

In today's episode we speak with Francesca Cancellaro, one of the human rights lawyers representing the Iuventa 4 — four activists on pretrial in Italy after saving over 14,000 lives in the Mediterranean. 

Francesca updates us on the pretrial, walks us through some of the many irregularities prolonging it, and...

Feb 27, 2023

In this episode we speak with Hanad Abdi Mohammad, a Somalian refugee who has gone through hell. 

In 2020, Hanad and about 33 others were abandoned by Turkish human traffickers in a dinghy in the Aegean Sea. 

They calle for help, but instead of saving their lives, the Turkish coastguards pushed their boat towards Greek...