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450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

New deaths put Italy on track for somber migrant records

Oct 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The interior ministry which only counts those who have been registered said the latest arrivals lifted to more than 153 000 the total number of asylum seekers and economic migrants who have arrived in Italy since the start of this year

This handout picture taken and released by the Italian Red Cross on October 22, 2016 shows migrants landing in Vibo Marina, after a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/AFP

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Brussels hopes the revamped agency will not just increase security but also help heal the huge rifts that have emerged between western and eastern member states clashing over the EU s refugee policies

Turkey's border police personel patrols next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border near the town of Lesovo, on September 14, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

At least 133 bodies recovered from Egypt migrant shipwreck

Sep 23, 2016 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED Survivors say up to 450 migrants were on board the overcrowded fishing vessel that was heading to Italy from Egypt when it keeled over off the port city of Rosetta on Wednesday

EGYPT BOAT ACCIDENT. Egyptians stand on the shore as they wait for the recovery of bodies, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 22, 2016. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

Dozens more feared dead in Egypt migrant boat tragedy

Sep 22, 2016 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The military says 163 survivors have been rescued so far with a health ministry official saying 51 bodies had been retrieved

GOOD SAMARITANS. Egyptian men stand inside a fishing boat which is helping rescuers is a search operation in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 22, 2016. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

3 dead, Italy migrant rescues hit 12,500 in 4 days

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Despite the surge in numbers this week migrant arrivals in Italy are running slightly below last year s levels

This image grab taken from a handout video and released by the Italian coastguard (Guardia Costiera) on August 30, 2016, shows Italian coast guard personnel taking part in a rescue operation of a boat with migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Guardia Costiera/Handout/AFP

3,000 migrants saved off Libya a day after record rescue

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:08 AM

The total number of arrivals in Italy this year now stands at 112 500 according to the UN s refugee agency and the coastguard

A handout picture taken and released on August 20, 2016 by the Italian Red Cross shows a migrant aboard a rescue boat run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI), on the way to the port of Trapani. Yara Nardi /Italian Red Cross / AFP

Pope Francis set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The trip by the pope who will be accompanied by the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is likely to pile pressure on European leaders already criticized for the deal with Turkey

IN LIMBO. Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

First wave of migrants returned to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED The European Union also keeps its side of the pact with 16 Syrian asylum seekers flying into Germany

BACK IN TURKEY. Refugees escorted by Turkish police walk pass a banner reading: 'Migration directorate of the Izmir Governor' as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) at the Dikili harbour in Izmir, Turkey, April 4, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Greece in countdown for controversial EU-Turkey migrant returns

Apr 03, 2016 - 10:31 AM

3rd UPDATE Turkey says it is preparing to receive 500 people on Monday April 4

A woman caresses a child as refugees and migrants arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos early on March 20, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Greece wants EU help sending migrants back to Turkey

Jan 24, 2016 - 9:32 AM

Greece has repeatedly called on Frontex to help send back people deemed ineligible for asylum in Europe such as migrants from Morocco and Pakistan

In this file photo, refugees from Afghanistan arrive in an overloaded rubber dinghy at the coast near Mytilini, Lesbos island, Greece, September 9 2015 after crossing over the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Over 710,000 migrants crossed into EU this year – Frontex

Oct 14, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The Warsaw based agency releases the latest figures a day after the UN refugee agency said the EU s new relocation scheme for refugees fleeing conflict and poverty is not enough to address the scope of the problem

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Merkel declares EU asylum rules 'obsolete' as navies tackle smugglers

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Merkel made the call in a speech with French President Francois Hollande to the European Parliament in which they urged the increasingly divided EU to unite to tackle a wave of problems including migration and the war in Syria

JOINT ADDRESS. French President Francois Hollande (R) sits next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during their joint address at the European Parliament on October 7, 2015 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

EU offers to ease Turkey migrant burden for tighter border controls

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Under the draft action plan – which Turkey has not yet formally approved – the EU will offer Turkey a series of incentives in return for its help in tackling the worst crisis of its kind since World War II

FREE. A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

EU, Turkey's Erdogan try to hammer out migrant crisis plan

Oct 06, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The European Union pushes Erdogan to do more to stop the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on Europe s shores from Turkey

IN BRUSSELS. European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) speaks to the media as he welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, October 5, 2015. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Migrants inundate new EU crisis hotspot Croatia

Sep 18, 2015 - 3:50 AM

2nd UPDATE Croatia says it will let people pass through freely on their way to other EU countries – but Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic warns his country s resources for dealing with the influx are limited

RUSH TO FREEDOM. Men, women and children break a police cordon to rushing towards waiting buses at the train station in the city of Tovarnik, close to the Croatian-Serbian border, on September 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Cop who found dead Syrian refugee boy thought of 'own son'

Sep 06, 2015 - 8:18 PM

I have a 6 year old son The moment I saw the baby I thought about my own son and put myself into his father s place

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

Migrants mob train in re-opened Budapest train station

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED A public announcement said however that the train would be going nowhere and that no trains for western Europe would be leaving Keleti station for an indefinite period

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Tensions flare at Hungary station as migrant numbers swell

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The standoff is the latest and largest of several tense encounters between the crowds and police following Hungary s decision to prevent migrants traveling west

REFUGEES. Migrant boy holds a sign reading 'SOS help me' as he sits with other migrants in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest on September 2, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Dead child's photo shows Europe refugees' plight

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Britain s Independent newspaper: If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe s attitude to refugees what will?

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

Migrant crisis threatens Europe's open border policy

Sep 02, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Observers fear the genie is out of the bottle and other countries will restore internal borders to curb the flow of humanity

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Chaos in Hungary as figures show gravity of Europe migrant crisis

Sep 01, 2015 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Statistics from the International Organization for Migration IOM reveal the gravity of the crisis facing the continent with the biggest movement of people since World War II

SURGE. Migrants wait to board a train to Germany at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, September 1, 2015. Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Migrants dash for last train to Germany from bottleneck Budapest

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:55 PM

For refugees from Syria and elsewhere the train stations of Budapest have become the latest tortuous bottleneck on a long journey north to Europe

LONGING FOR FREEDOM. A migrant looks from the window of the train on her way from Budapest to Vienna at the Austrian - Hungarian border in Hegyeshalom on August 31, 2015. Vladimir Simicek/AFP

EU must defend migrants' 'dignity' say leaders ahead of talks

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:05 PM

This comes as tensions flared on the bloc s eastern borders over the escalating crisis

TO FREEDOM. Migrants pass the border, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 29, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Serbia, Macedonia call at Balkans summit for EU action on migrants

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:29 PM

Macedonian PM: Unless we have a European answer to this issue none of us should be under any illusion that this will be solved

TO SAFETY. Migrants cross the border, controlled by Macedonian police, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 26, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Merkel vows no tolerance for migrant hate as 55 die in Mediterranean

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Alarmed by the worsening situation UN chief Ban Ki moon urges countries in Europe and elsewhere to prove their compassion and do much more to bring an end to the crisis

TO SAFETY. Migrants cross the border, controlled by Macedonian police, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 26, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Berlin eases asylum rules for Syrians as migrants pour into EU

Aug 26, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Record numbers of people are streaming into EU member Hungary from Serbia posing a new headache for regional leaders

PERILOUS CROSSING. Syrian refugees try to cross the fence at the Serbian-Hungarian border from the Serbian side near Roeszke, Hungary, 25 August 2015. Gregor Mayer/EPA

Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Hollande: Rather than wait we should organize and reinforce our policies and that is what France and Germany are proposing

BORDER CONTROL. Migrants wait for registration in the new refugee camp in construction and will serve for accepting and registration of the migrants, and from here they will have direct transport to the Serbian border without them entering Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, August 23, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

Thousands of migrants cross Macedonia, Serbia heading for EU

Aug 23, 2015 - 9:10 PM

More than 6 000 refugees and migrants crosses into Serbia where 8 huge UN refugee agency tents were set up in the border village of Miratovac

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

Aug 19, 2015 - 9:55 AM

EU border agency Frontex reported that its latest figures far outstripped the previous monthly record in June of 70 000

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

5,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean since Friday

May 31, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The rescue mission focuses on a group of Libyan migrants travelling aboard 25 boats Five other operations were in place to rescue another 500 migrants

SAVING MIGRANTS. A handout picture provided by the Italian Navy shows migrants on board the Italian Navy vessel 'Fenice' after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, at Augusta harbour, Italy, 31 May 2015. Italian Navy Press Office/EPA

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

May 20, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The development comes as opposition mushroomed to controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe

RESCUED. A handout image released by the German Bundeswehr armed forces on May 15, 2015 of migrants boarding German Navy's frigate 'Hessen' at sea in the Mediterranea off the Libya coast, May 14, 2015. Bundeswehr/Pao Mittelmeert/Handout/EPA

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 10:41 AM

But the EU is still waiting for a UN resolution that will allow it to destroy boats that belong to people smugglers in Libyan waters where political turmoil has created safe harbor for traffickers

RESCUED. A landing craft prepares to dock onto HMS Bulwark after rescuing around 100 migrants from an inflatable boat around 40 miles off the coast of Libya on May 13, 2015. Crown Copyright 2015/AFP

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

May 18, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The unprecedented mission starting in June will involve the deployment of warships and surveillance aircraft off the coast of Libya

RESCUE. A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on May 13, 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Carl Osmond/UK MOD/Handout/EPA

EU urges UN to back migrant crisis plan

May 12, 2015 - 11:42 AM

The EU plan due to be finalized at a Brussels meeting on May 18 has run into resistance from Russia and African countries that see it as too heavily focused on military action

Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, addresses the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, 11 May 2015, United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

New migrant deaths in Mediterranean; 5,800 rescued

May 04, 2015 - 12:25 AM

UPDATED The number rescued this weekend is one of the highest recorded in recent years raising fears that the tide of people risking their lives to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent disasters

EU faces fury after new migrant shipwreck tragedy

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:02 AM

How many more people have to die before European governments acknowledge that relying on a patchwork quilt of resources for search and rescue operations is not enough?

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Up to 400 migrants die in boat capsize off Libya – survivors

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:21 AM

The latest tragedy came as Italian authorities said around 8 500 migrants had been rescued at sea between Friday April 10 and Monday

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:55 AM

In a separate incident on Saturday 318 migrants are brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship

In this file handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard Press Office/Handout/EPA