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Migrant year to date

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Cold, hunger and danger - these are conditions people face when they flee their countries, often risking their lives to escape circumstances ranging from...

ISS: Fewer migrants to Europe, bigger problems for Africa

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Migration from Africa to Europe is increasingly being framed as a security threat to states and societies. The result is tighter border controls and...

EU immigration conundrum

European Union countries offered further funding for border policing in Greece and humanitarian aid in Idlib, Syria, but are in a bind over Turkey...

SA will protect immigrants

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Government emphasised its commitment to protecting the rights of foreign nationals living in South Africa. This is amid media reports of foreign nationals allegedly staging...

Falco EVO UAV used to monitor illegal migration in Mediterranean

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The European Union’s Frontex Maritime Aerial Surveillance project has been successfully using Falco EVO unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor illegal immigrants in the...

Some 170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents

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An estimated 170 migrants have been lost in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations said...

Malta rescues 249 migrants in 24 hours; NGO boats held offshore

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Malta's armed forces saved 180 migrants in two rescue operations in the Mediterranean on Monday, less than 24 hours after picking up another group...

Rescue boat Open Arms arrives in Spanish port with 87 migrants...

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Spanish rescue boat Open Arms arrived in the southern port of Algeciras on Thursday with 87 migrants the crew said they had...

US gives Somali immigrants 18 months more

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The Trump administration would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected...

Activists protest as Italy prepares to ship migrants to Spain

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Italy plans to transfer migrants crammed aboard a charity boat onto other vessels on Tuesday and then sail them all to Spain,...

Suffering for migrants in Libya ‘worse’ since fall-off in sea crossings

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Conditions for migrants already suffering severe abuse in Libya have deteriorated further since a European-backed push to stop boat departures led to...

Italian man held after driving through city shooting at black people

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An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was...

Migrant smuggling crackdown triggered clashes in Libyan city

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An armed group in the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha is being targeted because it began stopping migrant boats leaving for Italy,...

Rising migrant flow to Spain could become ‘big emergency’

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The rising flow of migrants to Spain from North Africa could evolve into a "big emergency" if the pace continues, the U.N.'s...

Italy-Malta migrant standoff ends as humanitarian boat docks in Sicily

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Italy on Wednesday gave permission to a Spanish humanitarian organisation to dock and disembark migrants in Sicily after three days of arguments...

Fifty-five African migrants feared dead in second drowning incident off Yemen

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Some 180 Ethiopian and Somali migrants were forced into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers early on Thursday and 55 of them...

Italian prosecutors widen investigation to include MSF over migrant rescues

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Italian prosecutors are investigating leading humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a legal source said on Saturday, over its role in rescuing...

Belgium should take frigate out of migration mission off Libya

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Belgium should withdraw its frigate from an EU mission to break up human trafficking networks near Libya because the presence of such...

ISS: Migration and violent extremism: a chain of false links?

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Two themes have been central to global security debates over the past few years: migration and violent extremism. These two phenomena are...

Scores of migrants feared drowned after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

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Around 60 migrants drowned after the rubber dinghy they were travelling in capsized in the Mediterranean, survivors told the International Organisation for...

Italy gets Brussels backing for EU peers to accept migrants off...

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The European Union executive on Thursday threw its weight behind a plea by Italy for fellow EU states to allow rescue boats...

EU effort to halt migrants founders in Libya’s chaos

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When Libya's coastguard received the first of a long-awaited batch of patrol boats from Italy last month, two of the four vessels...

Irish naval ship rescues 712 people near Libya

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An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as...

More than 400 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

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Hundreds more migrants found drifting in 16 dinghies off Spain's Mediterranean coast have been rescued over the last two days, Spain's maritime...

More than 120 migrants feared dead at sea after boat’s motor...

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More than 120 migrants are feared to have died at the weekend when the motor of their boat was stolen, causing it...

Ships rescue some 730 migrants in Mediterranean

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Humanitarian ships picked up about 730 migrants on Sunday from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean, adding to a lengthening list...

In busy day for rescues at sea, migrants cheer when told...

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Rescues began at dawn on Thursday and by the end of the day some 2,300 migrants had been pulled off 22 wooden...

German minister cools on support for migrant camps in Libya

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A deal between Italy and Libya to hold migrants in camps in the north African country ignores "catastrophic conditions" in Libya and...

Libya lacks plan to prevent more migrants crossing to Europe

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Libya's U.N-backed government has no clear plan to help prevent more migrants reaching Europe's shores this summer, European Union officials said on...

More than 2,000 migrants rescued in dramatic day in Mediterranean

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More than 2,000 migrants trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic rescues and...

AFRICOM holds forum to discuss migration challenges

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The U.S. military's Africa Command hosted a Migration Forum on 24 March at Kelly Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. AFRICOM's Multinational Cooperation Center and Strategic...

Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck

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An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison terms of up to 14 years on Sunday over the capsizing of a boat...

Italy seeks to bolster Libya migrant deal as arrivals surge

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Italy will host a meeting between European and North African countries next week in a bid to strengthen support for an agreement...

Tunisia agrees to take back 1,500 migrants – Merkel

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Chancellor Angela Merkel saidTunisia has agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on...

Italian court investigates whether smugglers finance rescue boats

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The chief prosecutor of a Sicilian court said on Friday that a task force is looking into whether people smugglers may be...

Niger’s migrant smuggling hub empties after EU crackdown

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In a dirt-floored room in the town of Agadez in Niger, a pair of flip-flops and a cold pile of ashes are...

EU eyes new Libya approach to block feared migrant wave

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The European Union plans new measures to deter migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, officials said, as Malta urged the bloc to...

ISS: Here’s how Donald Trump can deal with migrants and extremists

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Before 8 November, the international security community was naively preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency in the United States. Despite the hawkish...

More than 2,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 10 bodies recovered

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More than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and 10 bodies were recovered,...

U.N. says 240 migrants drowned off Libya in 48 hours

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At least 240 migrants have drowned off the coast of Libya within the last 48 hours, possibly as an unintended consequence of...

Mediterranean three times more deadly than 2015 – U.N.

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The death toll on the Mediterranean has nearly matched that of all last year, with more than 3,740 migrants and refugees having...

Libyan interference in rescue may have caused 30 migrant deaths: German...

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A German-based humanitarian group said on Tuesday up to 30 African migrants may have died because of what it called "aggressive" Libyan...

Rescuers save 2,400 migrants in Mediterranean, recover 14 bodies

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Rescuers pulled 2,400 boat migrants to safety on Saturday, the Italian coastguard said, adding 14 dead bodies had been recovered in the...

EU to boost efforts to tackle illegal African migration

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European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating...

More than 11,000 migrants rescued off Libya this week

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More than 5,000 migrants were saved on Tuesday and Wednesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number...

Migrants tell of clamour to survive as teeming boat sinks off...

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Mohamed Mabrouk hoped to sail from Egypt to a better future in Europe. But just before sunrise on Wednesday, the teen called...

Egypt arrests four crew members of capsized migrant boat

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Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of a boat carrying almost 600 migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least...

Italy rescues around 1,100 migrants in Mediterranean

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About 1,100 migrants were rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily on Sunday as they tried to reach Europe, Italy's coastguard...

Naming the nameless – experts struggle to identify drowned migrants

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Mose tapped the screen of his mobile phone to zoom in on a photograph of his wife, Yordanos, pointing to a mole...

Greece rescues 70 migrants at sea off Lesbos

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Greece on Thursday rescued 70 migrants at sea, the largest single influx from neighbouring Turkey since a failed coup there last month,...