A humanitarian rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so the 180 migrants on board can be disembarked. In a social media post on Sunday, SOS Mediterranee also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking” when the ship’s crew and[…]
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would keep Turkey’s border open for refugees until the EU had met all Ankara’s demands while comparing Greece’s response to the crisis to the Nazis. “Until all Turkey’s expectations, including free movement, updating of the customs union and financial assistance, are[…]
At least 62 people, including children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the UN’s migration agency said. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to Europe was once a major route for migrants seeking jobs and prosperity. The sinking is[…]
An Italian court has upheld an appeal by the Spanish rescue ship Proactiva Open Arms, suspending far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s decision to ban the ship from entering the country’s waters. The Italian court ruled that the ban violates international laws in light of the “exceptionally grave and urgent situation[…]
A ceasefire has been signed between armed factions fighting over the Libyan capital, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after more than a week of violence inside Tripoli. Dozens of people have been killed in fighting engulfing Tripoli as rival armed groups vie for power and money in the chaos[…]
Libyan coastguards picked up 948 African migrants on inflatable boats in several operations and also recovered 10 bodies on Sunday, officials and a witness at a naval base said. The operations brings the number, since last week, of mainly African migrants trying to head to Italy but brought back to[…]
The Hungarian parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow for the imprisonment of anybody aiding undocumented migrants, ignoring pleas from the European Union, the Union Nations and numerous international organisations not to do so. The package of legislation called the ‘Stop Soros’ bill, which targets rights groups[…]
Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya’s western shore during an attempted crossing to Italy on Sunday, a spokesman said. More than 80 migrants survived the incident off the city of Sabratha, about 70 km (44 miles) west of Tripoli, and coastguards brought them back[…]
Israel on Wednesday released from detention a small group of African migrants who had been awaiting deportation after the collapse of an international deal to send them to Rwanda. Some 200 additional migrants are still being held at the Saharonim detention center in southern Israel awaiting possible deportation to Uganda[…]
Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants. In letters delivered Sunday, Israel says the migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket. Those who don’t by April 1[…]
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