Europe’s human ballast

OPINION by Robert Young Pelton – This summer a quarter of a million people fled across the Mediterranean by small ships and rafts. Lured by smugglers and forced onto discarded fishing boats, the migrants are directed to head north and call for help when they are past Libya’s Bouri oil[…]

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Migrant boat capsizes off Libyan coast

Hundreds of migrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean are feared to have drowned after their overcrowded fishing boat capsized off Libya, Italy’s coastguard said on Wednesday. The boat had run into difficulty 15 nautical miles off Libya and sent out a distress call, picked up by the coastguard[…]

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Migrants crossing Mediterranean hit 150,000

Some 150,000 migrants and refugees have so far this year made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, and more than 1,900 of them have died, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. The IOM’s announcement on Friday came just a month after the 100,000-mark was passed, and the[…]

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Italy rescues 600 migrants from Mediterranean

Italy has rescued about 600 migrants in six operations, one in cooperation with Maltese authorities, in the past 24 hours, the country’s coastguard told Al Jazeera. It was not immediately clear whether the rescued people included 100 Somali migrants who were stranded on a plastic boat in the Mediterranean on[…]

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Malta honours Mediterranean migrant boat victims

Twenty-four coffins containing the only bodies recovered from the Mediterranean’s worst-ever migrant disaster have been laid out for a memorial service in Malta for the estimated 800 victims. Malta’s president and prime minister, Italy’s interior minister and the EU’s migration commissioner were present for Thursday’s service, which includes Christian and[…]

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