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Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails – UNHCR

]African refugees in Libya are so desperate some bribe their way into detention centres in the hope of being resettled out of the war-torn,...

More than 135,000 refugees reached Europe by sea in 2015’s first...

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More than 135,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in the first half of 2015, with most of the...

Italy begins to recover hundreds of migrant bodies from shipwreck

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Italy's navy said on Monday it had begun to recover the bodies of up to 800 migrants from a fishing boat that...

EU to launch limited naval operation against migrant-smugglers

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The EU is set to launch a naval mission on Monday against gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but it will be limited...

International flotilla rescues 5,900 from Mediterranean in a weekend

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An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for North Africa to Europe on...

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

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More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian...

African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe

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In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of...

Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead

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More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian...

French patrol boat rescues 297 migrants off Italian coast

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A French Navy patrol ship rescued 297 migrants from a fishing boat in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, French police said, the...

EU agrees Mediterranean naval mission to tackle people smugglers

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The European Union agreed a naval mission on Monday to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but parts of a broader plan...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...