Currently supported, TOGETHER FOR RESCUE
About This Project

The Alarm Phone is an alarm number to support rescue operations in the mediterreanen.


In the short-term, the project focuses on making sure rescue missions are being carried out promptly and on preventing human rights violations. At the same time we know that the deaths of refugees and migrants at sea could already be a matter of the past, if the border and visa regimes were dissolved. Our long term goal is to create a Mediterranean space of mutual solidarity, with open borders for all people.


Watch The Med Alarm Phone was initiated in October 2014 by activist networks and civil society actors in Europe and Northern Africa. The project established a self-organized hotline for refugees in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.

Our main objective is to offer boat people in distress an additional option to make their SOS noticeable. The Alarm Phone documents the situation, informs the coastguards, and, when necessary, mobilises additional rescue support in real-time. This way, we can, at least to a certain extent, put pressure on the responsible rescue entities to avert push-backs and other forms of human rights violations against refugees and migrants at sea.


The Alarm Phone number is disseminated mainly through direct contacts with migrant and refugee communities in the important transit countries of Northern Africa as well as in Turkey. Moreover, we are distributing leaflets that inform about the risks of crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

The project is actively involved in all three regions where migrants and refugees attempt to travel to European countries:

  • The Aegean Sea (between Turkey and Greece)
  • The Central Mediterranean Sea (between Libya/Tunisia and Italy)
  • The Western Mediterranean Sea (between Morocco and Spain).


The Alarm Phone is made up of volunteers. Activists of the project are based in Tunis, Palermo, Melilla, Tangier, Cadiz, Marseille, Strasbourg, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Geneva and Izmir just to mention a few.

Freedom of movement for all!