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ISS: COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees

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Migrants and displaced people across Africa are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. Governments should resist nationalist responses that could put vulnerable people more at...

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...

Second Greek migrant camp quarantined

Greece quarantined a second migrant facility on its mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for the new coronavirus, the migration ministry said. The Afghan...

Quarantine for migrants in Malta

A thousand African migrants were placed under mandatory quarantine on Sunday after an outbreak of COVID-19 and their camp in the south of Malta...

Alleged migrants die in Mozambique

Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia were found dead in a container on a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and police...

Migrants blocked from entering Greece

Greece repulsed 35 000 migrants trying to cross into its territory illegally since Turkey opened its border a week ago, government sources said, as...

Greece wants floating fence to keep migrants out

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Greece wants to install a floating barrier in the Aegean Sea to deter migrants arriving at its islands’ shores through Turkey, government officials said...

Ocean Viking allowed to port in Italy

A charity ship carrying people rescued in the Mediterranean said it had permission to dock in Italy as European governments tried to agree where...

ISS: Tunisia must put its human trafficking laws to work

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Tunisia has made significant advances since 2016 to stop human trafficking. Laws have been passed, anti-trafficking institutions created, and growing numbers of victims identified...

Migrants drown off Turkey

Eight people, including three women, died after a boat carrying 15 migrants sank off western Turkey, the interior ministry said. The boat sank off...

Mauritanian coast guard intercepts migrant boat

A boat carrying 180 migrants was intercepted by the Mauritanian coast guard the U.N. migration agency said, less than two days after 62 migrants...

Failed Med crossing claims four, 16 missing

Four migrants died and up to 16 are missing after trying to reach Europe from North Africa on a small raft, Spain’s coastguard said. ...

Italy grants migrant rescue ship access

Italian authorities agreed to grant the Open Arms ship port access to disembark 62 African migrants, the founder of the Spanish rescue mission said. ...

Toddlers among migrants pulled from Libyan waters

Seventy-three migrants were rescued by a Spanish charity ship from a packed rubber dinghy drifting off Libyan for nearly 24 hours. It is the...

Malta and Libya co-operating on migrants

Malta’s armed forces are co-operating with Libya’s coastguard to turn back migrant boats heading to Malta’s search and rescue zone, a newspaper reported, citing...

ISS: Maghrebi irregular migration is down but for how long?

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As Tunisians headed to the polls on 13 October to elect their new president, 110 men and women quietly boarded a fishing boat near...

Tripoli migrants seek refuge with the UN

Migrants were released from a detention centre in Tripoli as heavy gunfire rang out across the city, witnesses and the United Nations said. At...

UN study on why people illegally migrate from Africa

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More than 90% of African migrants who embark on the perilous and sometimes fatal journey to Europe in search of a better life would...

War creates new uncertainty for migrants in Libya

After three days at sea trying to reach Europe, Demba Dembele was intercepted by Libya’s EU-backed coastguard and returned to Tripoli where, like other...

Thirteen Med migrants drown

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The Italian coastguard recovered the bodies of 13 women who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in heavy weather as rescue boats approached...

Med migrant death toll tops thousand mark

More than 1 000 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that “bleak milestone” has been reached,...

Migrants flee after rescue

At least 71 illegal migrants rescued after four days in distress at sea were brought to shore east of Tripoli on Sunday but fled...

Migrants drown off Morocco

Seven Moroccan migrants were found dead off Morocco’s Atlantic coast near Casablanca after their boat capsized, the interior ministry said. Three others were taken...

Migrants rescued off Canary Islands

Dozens of African migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands in a battered wooden canoe were rescued off the Spanish archipelago, emergency services said....

Libyan coastguard picks up migrants

Libya’s Coast Guard picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week northeast and northwest of Tripoli. The migrants,...

Malta to take 90 migrants

Malta will accept 90 migrants rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel in its search and rescue zone, defusing a stand-off with the new Italian...

Migrants can disembark in Malta

Malta will let five Tunisian migrants stranded on the migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi disembark after two European Union countries agreed to take them...

Morocco, Spain to co-operate on illegal migration

Morocco and Spain pledged to co-operate more closely to curb illegal migration, an issue fuelling the growth of far right and populist politics in...

More Mediterranean migrants rescued

Almost 200 people were rescued attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Spain the coastguard said. The rescues come amid a...

Migrants leave German ship in Sicily

More than 100 migrants aboard a German migrant rescue ship stranded at sea for a week disembarked in Sicily after Italian police confiscated the...

Greece sees first mass arrival of migrant boats in three years

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Over a dozen migrant boats landed on Greece’s Lesbos island within minutes of each other on Thursday in the first such mass arrival from...

Spanish coastguard rescues migrants

More than 200 migrants were rescued by the Spanish coastguard as they attempted to cross from Africa to Spain, rescue services said. The rescue...

Migrants storm Ceuta fence

More than 150 migrants crossed the border fence at Spain’s North African enclave Ceuta on Friday and at least six Spanish police officers suffered...

Spanish warship collects migrants in Italy

A Spanish warship collected 15 rescued migrants from an Italian port after transiting the Mediterranean to fetch the small group in a high-profile manoeuvre...

Migrant crossing halted

Turkish authorities stopped 330 migrants attempting to cross to the Greek island Lesbos officials said. The coastguard in the Kucukkuyu area of western Canakkale...

Lives of children in the Mediterranean should have priority over politics

The fate of 130 children aboard rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said,...

Rome court rules migrant ship can enter Italian waters

An administrative court in Rome ruled a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance...

UN agency concerned by fines for migrant rescue vessels

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A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organisations carrying out search and rescue operations off...

Migrants make it to Malta

A group of 40 migrants rescued by a German charity ship landed in Malta and will be taken care off by European Union member...

Spanish migrant vessel seeks safe harbour

A Spanish charity rescue boat sought safe port after Italy rejected a request to disembark 124 people saved from migrant rafts in the Mediterranean,...

EU/Italy asylum stand-off over

The European Union ended a standoff with Italy over African immigration, agreeing to take 116 asylum-seekers rescued at sea but denied permission to go...

Ethiopian migrants die in stranded boat

At least 15 Ethiopians died after the boat smuggling them into Yemen broke down and left them stranded without food or water for a...

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...

Migrants defy Morocco crackdown

Senegalese migrant Ismail (26) is back in forests around the northern Moroccan port of Tangier, not long after being stopped by authorities and bussed...

Migrant bodies recovered off Tunisia

Tunisia’s Coast Guard recovered the bodies of 14 African migrants drowned when their boat carrying more than 80 people sank after setting off for...

Rescue ship captain says European states abandon migrants

The captain of rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 said European states have no interest in a political solution for 42 migrants aboard her vessel, now...

Migrant vessel enters Italian waters, defying Rome

Charity ship Sea-Watch entered Italian waters with 42 migrants aboard, defying an order from Rome to stay away and provoking the ire of Interior...

Stranded migrant group to be repatriated

Tunisia allowed dozens of migrants, mostly from Bangladesh, to disembark after three weeks stranded in the Mediterranean, so they can return to their home...

ISS: After 50 years, Africa’s refugee policy still leads

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‘Africa has set the gold standard for solidarity’ on refugee response, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated at the African Union (AU) summit in...

Twelve killed as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey

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Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31...