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In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Spain offers to take Open Arms migrant vessel

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez cites the 'urgent situation' on the vessel and the 'inconceivable decision by the Italian authorities... to close all its ports' to the migrants

The Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms is seen off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019. - Twenty-seven unaccompanied minors have been authorised to leave a migrant rescue vessel in limbo off Italy, the Spanish charity operating the ship said. Italian Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the "alleged" minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being "divergent to my orientation." (Photo by Alessandro SERRANO / AFP) / Italy OUT

Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities refuse to let more than 130 migrants disembark until a deal is struck with the European Union

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

3.3 million people have fled Venezuela crisis – UN

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food and medicine amid a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. - Hundreds of Venezuelans in Peru gathered in solidarity to the protests in their home country called by Guaido to increase the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

Migrant girls targeted in 2 Berlin assaults

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Authorities say the latest assault involved an unknown man repeatedly punching two Syrian girls, aged 15 and 16, in the face before running away

Pope Francis urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'I address a pressing appeal to European leaders that they show some concrete solidarity with respect to these people,' Pope Francis says

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody returns home

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal while in United States custody reignites a debate on immigration policy and the treatment of migrants

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:09 PM

'There is no country willing so far to offer the people safe port,' Sea Watch says

Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

This area of the Mediterranean has been the most deadly for migrants attempting the crossing to Europe

Top U.S., Mexico diplomats meet in Washington amid migrant crisis

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The United States and Mexico are grappling with how to handle the thousands of Central American migrants who are camped at the common border -- in the short and long terms

MIGRATION. Central American migrants –mostly from Honduras – wanting to reach the United States in hope of a better life, remain at a shelter in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico on November 24, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP)

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Spain's maritime rescue service saved 211 migrants from 21 different boats in the Strait of Gibraltar

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

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says that the NGO's boat had reached the migrants' vessel before Libyan coastguards inside Libya's rescue operation zone

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Pope Francis urges peace and understanding for migrants

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Pope Francis marks the World Day of Peace by taking up the theme of the ongoing migrant crisis

WORLD DAY OF PEACE. Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018.  Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/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 moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

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

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The charges include manslaughter negligence using a boat for unlicensed purposes endangering children and organizing illegal immigration

ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 23, 2016. Photo by stringer/AFP

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Germany hunts Tunisian suspect after ISIS claims truck attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:48 AM

3rd UPDATE The man is in his early 20s known by 3 different names and was born in the southern city of Tataouine reports say

The scene of a terrorist attack is seen on December 20, 2016 after a lorry smashed into a busy Christmas market in central Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Police fear Berlin truck rampage driver still at large

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

4th UPDATE A Pakistani asylum seeker is suspected of the attack but doubts emerge over whether the man detained overnight actually committed the atrocity

CRIME SCENE. Authorities inspect a truck that had sped into a Christmas market in Berlin, on December 19, 2016, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. Odd Andersen/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

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 32 migrants dead off Libya – Italy coast guard

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The latest people to be rescued adds to a total of some 132 000 migrants who have landed at Italy s southern ports so far this year

Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. Aris Messinis/AFP

Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:35 PM

3rd UPDATE German Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union gets just 19 in Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern – its worst showing there

MATE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Photo by Adam Berry/AFP

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Should more people arrive it would put us under pressure But even then we would not have conditions like last year says BAMF chief Frank Juergen Weise

epa05512696 (FILE) A file picture date 07 March 2016 shows Frank-Juergen Weise, Head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, at the opening of the new arrival centre for asylum seekers at the Central Contact Point for Asylum Seekers Saxony-Anhalt in Halberstadt, Germany. Weise said in a newspaper interview on 27 August 2016, that up to 300.000 migrants are expected to arrive to Germany in 2016. EPA/JENS WOLF

UK lawmakers criticize EU response to migrant crisis

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:48 AM

The bloc has struggled to respond to the crisis which has threatened the collapse of the EU s cherished passport free Schengen zone

Children pose in a makeshift camp at the old Athens airport on June 13, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

EU chiefs urge 'swift return' to constitution in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Turkey will now likely dominate an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday July 18 which will also be attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry

COUP ATTEMPT. A man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe – UN refugee chief

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Refugees don t bring danger to us they flee from dangerous places says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

epa05326034 A refugee boy looks out from the window of a bus as he waits to be transferred to a hospitality centre during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. The transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on Tuesday. According the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all the refugees will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

UN chief in Greece sees 'tremendous challenge' of migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens the UN chief also hailed Greece for managing the refugee influx at the same time as grappling with its huge debt crisis

MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, near the city of Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, January 6, 2016. Serbia, Croatia and Hungary sent groups of police officers to help the Macedonian police in handling of the migrant crisis on the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

More migrant bodies wash up on Libyan beaches

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Over 130 bodies are found on beaches in Libya over the past 4 days

epa05343251 A buoyancy aid lies on a beach where bodies of migrants washed up, in Zuwarah, west of Tripoli, Libya, 02 June 2016. According to media reports citing Red Crescent officials, at least 85 bodies have washed up onto Libyan beaches this week. EPA/STR

Migrants hurt, tents torched in Lesbos brawl

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis battle each other with clubs and stones

Volunteers help an injured migrant, following overnight clashes between migrants at the Moria migrant detention camp on the island of Lesbos, early on June 2, 2016. Over a dozen migrants were hurt on June 2 in a brawl in the main detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos that also saw nearly 30 tents torched. Hundreds of people -- mainly families with children -- were evacuated from the camp during the night as rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis went at each other with clubs and stones. There were nearly 3,000 people in the Moria camp ahead of the clash, most of them asylum applicants trying to avoid deportation to Turkey under an EU deal that went into effect in March.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

No longer just a job: the unlikely crew saving lives in the Med

May 30, 2016 - 8:31 PM

They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place

RESCUED. Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius," two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. Photo by Gabriel Buoys / AFP

20 rescued from boat in English Channel

May 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED They are among thousands of people trying to reach Britain where they believe they will have a better chance of getting jobs