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The Civil Fleet Podcast

Jan 28, 2023

In today's episode, we speak with Klaas van Dijken, one of the co-founders of the investigative journalism organisation Lighthouse Reports

Klaas talks to us about two recent investigations he and his team worked on:

• How asylum seekers are held in secret prisons on commercial ships to facilitate illegal pushbacks from Italy to Greece, and

• How refugees are being arbitrarily detained and tortured at secret facilities along EU borders before being illegally forced back across borders.

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---Show Notes---

Lighthouse Reports website can be found here:

To read the two stories discussed in this episode, see here: 
• Detained below deck:
• Europe’s Black Sites: 

Find Lighthouse Reports on Twitter here: @LHreports

Here's a BBC news story from 2014 on the ECHR ruling on Italy's practice of sending people back to Greece:  

What is the Dublin Agreement? Read this explainer by InfoMigrants:

Here's a report from The Brussels Times on the new Frontex chief Hans Leijtens saying the agency needs to "restore trust": 

Klaas mentions a report Lighthouse published on Frontex's involvement in illegal pushbacks. You can read that here: 

Ben mentions the 200 missing asylum seekers children in Britain. Read about that here: 

Klaas briefly mentions No Name Kitchen. Find out more about them here: and/or check out episode 6 of The Civil Fleet podcast