US to allow migrants from Mexico as critics slam ‘kids in cages’

The administration of US President Joe Biden is facing blowback after reports surfaced that facilities for migrant children previously slammed by Democrats are reopening as it is set to begin processing asylum claims at a camp on the Texas-Mexico border. The camp, which is home to hundreds of mostly Central American asylum seekers, “has recently […]

‘Deadly sea crossings’: 41 migrants drown in the Mediterranean

The shipwreck was latest along central Mediterranean route where about 118 migrants have died this year and over 17,000 since 2014. At least 41 people drowned when their boat capsized in the central Mediterranean on Saturday, the latest shipwreck involving migrants and refugees fleeing conflict-stricken Libya and seeking a better life in Europe. The United […]

More than 150 migrants freed in raid on traffickers in Libya

Security forces arrested six traffickers who kept a house-turned-prison in Kufra and referred them to prosecutors. Libyan authorities say they have raided a secret prison in a southeastern city used by human traffickers and freed at last 156 African migrants – including 15 women and five children. The raid in the city of Kufra took […]

US to turn back ‘vast majority’ of migrants at Mexico border

President Joe Biden has left in place a Trump-era order that allows US authorities to expel migrants to Mexico. The United States will turn away most migrants arriving at its southern border with Mexico, a White House official said on Wednesday, under a policy passed by former President Donald Trump aimed at limiting the spread […]

In Milan, a free medical clinic serves migrants in the pandemic

Milan, Italy – On a winter afternoon in Milan, a group of people head towards via dei Transiti, a narrow street that runs alongside a small public park, to enter a red building. A sign on its glass door says, in multiple languages: “We do not denounce people without a residence permit.” Ambulatorio Medico Popolare […]

Italy could have saved 200 drowning migrants: UN committee

Italy failed to protect the “right to life” of more than 200 migrants and refugees who died when the boat they were on capsized in the Mediterranean Sea more than seven years ago, independent human rights experts who work with the United Nations said. The Human Rights Committee said on Wednesday that Italy “failed to […]

Ocean Viking ship rescues hundreds of migrants off Libya coast

A total of 374 migrants have been rescued in two days, said SOS Mediterranee, which operates Ocean Viking aid vessel. More than 370 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel in two days, a French NGO running the boat said on Saturday. SOS Mediterranee said […]

Libyan navy intercepts more than 80 Europe-bound migrants: UN

Migrants returned to Libyan soil and are likely to be held in detention centres criticised by rights groups. Libya’s coastguard has intercepted more than 80 Europe-bound migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the North African country, the United Nations migration agency said. The migrants were returned to Libyan soil and will most […]

Dozens of migrants killed in shipwreck off Libya’s coast

Ten survivors brought back to Libya after at least 43 migrants and refugees died on Tuesday, UN bodies report. At least 43 migrants and refugees have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said, the first tragic event of 2021 […]

In Pictures: Guatemala forces battle desperate Honduran migrants

Guatemalan security forces used batons and tear gas to beat back a large migrant caravan bound for the United States. A large section of the caravan clashed early on Sunday with Guatemalan security officials, some 3,000 of whom had mustered by the village of Vado Hondo, 55km (34 miles) from the borders of Honduras and […]

Italy allows ship to bring migrants ashore

article author:  Francesco Bongarrà Mon, 2021-01-04 18:08 ROME: Italy has authorised a boat operated by the Spanish NGO Open Arms to disembark 265 migrants, including 63 minors, in Porto Empedocle, on the southern Sicilian coast. The NGO’s vessel rescued 169 people in the Mediterranean on Dec. 31 and 96 on Jan. 2. They include at least […]

Open Arms boat rescues 265 migrants in Mediterranean

The humanitarian ship is seeking a port of safety for migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days. The Open Arms charity tweeted that its vessel on Saturday […]

Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Freezing Weather in Bosnia

Hundreds of migrants stranded at an abandoned camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina were spending New Year’s Eve in freezing temperatures, according to humanitarian groups, as authorities in the country struggled to balance their safety with growing hostility from local populations. Around 700 people on Wednesday were sleeping in abandoned shipping containers and in the open […]

‘We will die’: Hundreds of migrants freezing in Bosnia camp

Aid organisations urge for a solution as migrants stranded by Croatian border face cold with no facilities or heating. Hundreds of migrants have been stranded in a squalid, burned-out tent camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina as heavy snow fell in the country and winter temperatures suddenly dropped. Migrants at the Lipa camp in northwest Bosnia […]

At least 20 migrants drown after boat sinks off Tunisia

Coastguard rescues five people, as Tunisian official says 45 people were on the boat when it capsized. At least 20 migrants and refugees died when their boat capsized off Tunisia’s coast as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, Tunisian authorities said. The Tunisian coastguard rescued five people and the […]

Biden weighing plan to shield 1 million migrants from deportation

The incoming Biden administration is considering a plan to shield more than a million immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala from deportation after the countries were battered by hurricanes in November, three people familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency. US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is weighing whether to grant them Temporary Protected […]

UN chief hails migrants’ role in responding to COVID crisis, boosting economies

NEW YORK: This year, International Migrants Day has a special poignancy to it. The millions who were forced by conflict and economic hardship to abandon their homes, family and friends in 2020 have done so amid a pandemic that has made visible the world’s deep-seated inequalities. From braving harsh winters in makeshift camps to venturing […]

France: 76 mosques face closure, 66 migrants deported

As part of gov’t crackdown on ‘separatism’, mosques to be inspected as dozens suspected of ‘radicalisation’ deported. The French government has launched a “massive and unprecedented” wave of measures to combat what it calls religious “extremism”, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has said, adding that 76 mosques are suspected of “separatism”. Darmanin said on Thursday: “In […]

Refugees in Italy bear brunt of coronavirus angst

Lampedusa, Italy – It is Saturday morning and Ahmed is squeezed onto a small Italian coastguard boat docked at one of Lampedusa’s ports. There are about 30 other refugees and migrants on board.  Officers, covered head to toe in white protective gear, are on the ground, buzzing around the boat to prepare it for the next […]

African migrants locked up in Saudi coronavirus centres: Report

An investigation by the British newspaper Sunday Telegraph has revealed hundreds of African migrants locked up in Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus detention facilities under terrible conditions. The investigation, published on Sunday, revealed photos taken by migrants on their mobile phones showing dozens of emaciated men lying on the floor in multiple rows in small rooms with […]

At least three migrants die as boat catches fire off Italy coast

At least three migrants have died after a fire broke out on a boat carrying around 20 people during rescue operations off the southern coast of Italy, police and health officials have said. Another five migrants have been injured and taken to hospitals, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said on Sunday, […]

Almost 400 migrants stranded in Med despite Louise Michel rescue

Nearly 400 refugees and migrants remained stranded in the central Mediterranean after an overcrowded rescue vessel was emptied of all the rescued people on Saturday. The German-flagged Louise Michel, sponsored by British street artist Banksy, made a mayday call late on Friday after rescuing more than 200 people, saying the 31-metre (101-foot) ship had become overcrowded […]