The number of people who have landed in Malta irregularly by boat has declined considerably after Malta and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding on irregular migration, Malta Today reported.
A new migration route appears to be increasingly used by migrant smugglers to take refugees and migrants from the coast of Libya to the southern Italian region of Calabria, in particular to the town of Roccella Ionica and the coast of the Locride area, ANSAmed newspaper reported.
A rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy was seized in Lampedusa on Sunday after Italy’s coast guard said the boat had disobeyed its instructions to head to Sicily after carrying out a migrant rescue operation.
European Union backing for Libyan authorities who stop and detain migrants means the bloc has “aided and abetted” rights violations against migrants, an investigator for a U.N. mission said on Monday.
The African Union revealed that arrangements are underway to transfer thousands of migrants sheltering in Libya to Rwanda, based on an agreement signed between the Union, Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Tunisian As-Sabah News reported on Friday.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has praised Italy’s response to Europe’s irregular migration crisis in a letter to…
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday 885 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya in the past week.
As Europe resorts to desperate measures to contain a growing immigration crisis, the UN has condemned a move by Italy to enact stringent laws against NGOs and humanitarian groups involved in search and rescue (SAR) missions in the central Mediterranean.
The Tunisian coastguard said Sunday it had intercepted overnight more than 400 migrants trying to reach Europe by sea in 16 separate operations off the North African country’s coast.
Five suspected migrant smugglers, including three Bangladeshi and two Sudanese nationals who reached Lampedusa, Italy on December 26, were arrested by police on aggravated charges of favoring illegal migration, criminal association, torture and kidnapping for extortion, judicial sources said Monday.