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More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / sea-eye.org / AFP

300 migrants 'still held in Libya center' hit by deadly raid

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:32 PM

The International Organization for Migration says its teams have 'located' and transferred to hospital 'a group of injured migrants who left Tajoura after the attack in the surrounding neighborhood'

AFTERMATH. Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Rights groups accuse the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and deporting migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes dumping them in the desert

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

EU border agency chief warns Spain may be new migrant hotspot

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Data by the International Organization for Migration shows that migrants arriving in Spain numbered 6,513 for first 6 months of 2017

MIGRANTS. Spanish coast guards pull a dinghy boat upon their arrival at Malaga's harbour on July 7, 2018, after rescuing 56 immigrants off the Spanish coast. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Half of these child laborers are exposed to hazardous work

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

At least 18,500 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh as Rakhine unrest rages

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED Chris Lom of the International Organization for Migration says exact figures are difficult to obtain because many of those who have made it into Bangladesh might not register with local authorities

PLIGHT OF THE RAKHINE. Members of Myanmar's Red Cross help people, who is fleeing a conflict area, upon arriving in Sittwe jetty, in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

Migrants wait to be rescued by Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

44 migrants, including babies, die of 'thirst' in Niger desert

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:15 PM

A security source who asked not to be named says the sub Saharan migrants including babies and women died of thirst because their vehicle broke down

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:20 AM

In just a little over a week more than 45 000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26 000 are forced to flee in Syria

Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria's Chibok – IOM

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Boko Haram s Islamist insurgency has left at least 20 000 people dead in northeast Nigeria since it began in 2009 and has displaced more than 2 6 million others

21,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar – IOM

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to try to stem the tide of refugees since an eruption of unrest in Myanmar s western state of Rakhine in early October

REFUGEES. In this photograph taken on November 26, 2016, Myanmar Rohingya refugees look on in a refugee camp in Teknaf, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar At least 21,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Banfladesh following violence in Myanmar, the International Organisation for Migration has said. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Global migrant deaths up 20% – IOM

Oct 28, 2016 - 9:12 PM

In total 5 238 people have perished since January 1 or 951 more than at the same point in 2015 the Geneva based IOM says in a statement

MIGRANTS. 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. Photo by yara Nardi/ ITALIAN RED CROSS/ AFP

Egypt migrant shipwreck death toll rises to 168

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The Egyptian military says 163 have been rescued so far and recovery attempts are still ongoing

Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, 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 23, 2016.  The death toll from a migrant boat disaster off Egypt's coast climbed to 133 on Friday as rescuers recovered more bodies from the Mediterranean. Survivors have said 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.  / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

2,000 migrants moved from Greek border camp

May 25, 2016 - 10:23 AM

The transfer launches a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months

Refugees and migrants wait to be tranferred by buses to reception centers during an evacuation operation of a makeshift migrant camp at the border at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, on May 24, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/Pool/AFP

Migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear – Angelina Jolie Pitt

May 17, 2016 - 10:08 AM

In a speech in London the Oscar winner and UN special envoy for refugees urges the international community to respond to Europe s refugee crisis

ANGELINA JOLI-PITT. The UN special envoy speaks in London about responding to Europe's refugee crisis. File photo shows Angelina waving to photojournalists while leaving the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, 16 March 2016. File photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The funding includes 12 2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400 000 Haitians

DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the world food program 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after three consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

Disaster-resilient evacuation center rises in Guiuan, E. Samar

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The community evacuation center is the first in a network of similar disaster resilient facilities in Eastern Samar

Image courtesy UNICEF / IOM

Italy insists 'no invasion' after spike in migrant arrivals

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:05 AM

But Italian officials are wary of the possibility of neighboring EU countries closing their borders as France did temporarily last year and Austria is threatening to do now

'NO INVASION'. Border signs of Austria and Italy (R) during a demonstration against the Austrian government's planned reintroduction of border controls at the Brennerpass, Austria, April 3, 2016. File photo by Jan Hetfleisch/EPA

Europe's 2016 migrant crisis in figures

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Here are some of the key figures on the migrant situation in Europe since the beginning of the year

CRISIS. A woman screams as migrants and refugees demonstrate behind a fence and barbed wire at the Greece-Macedonia border, near Gevgelija on March 2, 2016. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

13 migrants drown in latest Aegean Sea sinking

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:58 PM

700 people many of them children have died trying to reach Greece this year says the International Organization for Migration

ON DRY LAND. Refugees wait to cross the borders close to Idomeni village, Kilkis, northern Greece, near the border of Greece with FYROM, December 18, 2015. Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA

Croatia, Serbia calm migrant border tensions after EU wades in

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Over the past week the two neighbors have been locked in their worst spat since the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict imposing tit for tat border restrictions over the human exodus seeking passage through the Balkans to northern Europe

SHARED BORDER. Refugees wait to enter Croatia at the Serbia-Croatia border town of Berkasovo, Serbia, September 25, 2015. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA

Slovenia border stand-off as Croatia buses migrants into Hungary

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:36 PM

3rd UPDATE Riot police use tear gas to stop several hundred migrants – some with children – pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border after a tense stand off of more than an hour

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Local authorities in Germany which has earned praise for its welcoming stance towards refugees are buckling under the sudden surge of arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS. Migrants walk at a platform at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station in Vienna, Austria, on September 6, 2015 after they have arrived by a train from Hungary. Joe Klamar/AFP

Pro-migrant rallies in Europe as Hungary says EU 'dreaming'

Sep 12, 2015 - 10:23 PM

Several counter demonstrations are also scheduled in eastern members of the bloc highlighting how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants is dividing the EU

SOLIDARITY. Protesters march during a silent rally in support of migrants and refugees in The Hague on September 12, 2015. Bart Maat/ANP/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 stream into Austria from Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Hungary has become the newest flashpoint as hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross its borders on their journey to Western Europe

HELPING MIGRANTS. Migrants sit in the railway station in Tatabanya 57 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015, after some 200-300 migrants broke out of the Bicske train station. At Bicske in Hungary, police and interpreters on September 3, urged refugees and migrants to leave a train bound for the western town of Sopron and board 20 waiting buses to a nearby camp, but many were promptly brought back to the station platform. Photo by Balazs Mohai/EPA

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

Italy begins recovery of 800 migrant bodies from Med shipwreck

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Only 28 people survived the shipwreck at the time out of an estimated 800 on board when the vessel set sail from Libya

MIGRANTS AT SEA. A picture made available on April 23, 2015 shows some of over 200 illegal migrants, as they are rescued and to be shipped to the Italian mainland by the Italian Guardia di Finanza boat 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea, April 22, 2015. File photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy threatens to 'hurt' Europe if it doesn't get help with migrants

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The EU is having difficulty getting consensus for its proposed migrant distribution plan but Italy is hoping an EU summit on 25 June will go even further

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterraean. Crown Copyright/EPA

Tunisia rescues 356 migrants off southeast coast

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:53 PM

Tunisia s navy rescues some 356 migrants including a two month old baby girl off the country s southeastern coast near Ben Guerdane

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015. 174 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO / FETHI NASRI

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Italy s wealthy North vow that it will refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more are rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships

LOOKOUT. A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on June 7, 2015 of a Royal Marine (R) preparing to receive rescued migrants safely onboard an HMS Bulwark Landing Craft during Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean on June 7, 2015. ETWE (CIS) L George/Royal Navy/MOD/Handout/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

Migrants plead for help from Italian coastguards

May 31, 2015 - 1:27 PM

We need your help we need your help please

NERVE CENTER. Officers and staff of the italian Coast Guard, control the vessel traffic in the Italian Mediterranean area, in the control center at the headquarters of Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP