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29 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Rosie Scammell

ROME, 27 July 2015 (IRIN) - A leafy street in Rome is transformed into a hive of activity every lunchtime as Eritrean migrants queue up to collect a plate of food outside the Baobab cultural centre run by the local diaspora community.

The youthfulness of the faces is striking. Many fled Eritrea to avoid being conscripted into indefinite military service, but none will admit to being under 18 for fear the authorities will place them in a centre for unaccompanied migrant children, dashing their hopes of reaching northern Europe.

28 Jul 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 09:13 GMT

More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday.

Vessels taking part in EU border security operation Triton rescued the migrants from their rickety boats in five separate operations on Monday, following the arrival in Sicily on Saturday of 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria.

28 Jul 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat.

In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six months of 2015, 137,000 arrived, compared with 75,000 during the first six months of 2014. As seas are calmer during the summer months, many more are expected before the end of 2015.

25 Jul 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Saturday 7/25/2015 - 19:05 GMT

More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Some 785 migrants -- including 133 women and 27 children -- arrived in Palermo after being picked up off the Libyan coast by the Norwegian cargo ship Siem Pilot, which is part of EU border security operation Triton.

Another 468 were taken to the southeastern Sicilian town of Pozzallo aboard the Irish navy patrol ship Le Niamh.

24 Jul 2015 description
report Women Under Siege

By Lauren Wolfe/Director

23 Jul 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Thursday 7/23/2015 - 21:53 GMT

At least 10 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, a local prosecutor on the Italian island of Sicily said Thursday.

A UNHCR spokesman had earlier said that the potential toll could reach up to 40, but prosecutor Francesco Paolo Giordino said it would be closer to "about a dozen".

"From what I managed to find out, the victims were on an inflatable boat that was carrying about 100 migrants," said Giordino.

23 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Some 85,000 boat migrants have reached Italy this year

  • Italy is seeking to disperse migrants in centre, north

  • Right-wing parties support protesting residents

By Steve Scherer

CASALE DI SAN NICOLA, Italy, July 23 (Reuters) - Migrants arriving at a new shelter outside Rome needed riot police to protect them from far-right activists and furious residents. In the north, locals vandalised a home to keep asylum seekers from moving in.

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• Authorities and aid organisations working to ensure sufficient prevention and response measures are in place for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera.

• Inter-tribal fighting in Al Sunta locality, South Darfur, has claimed the lives of dozens of tribesmen and left many injured, according to UNAMID.

• In South Kordofan, over 600 people whose homes were damaged by heavy rains and floods are in need of assistance.

• In West Darfur, aid organisations are undertaking rainy season preparedness activities.

21 Jul 2015 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Italy to support the needs of conflict-affected South Sudanese who have fled to Sudan.

WFP will use the contribution of around €500,000 (approximately US$545,000) to provide food assistance for nearly three months to more than 13,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge in two localities in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. WFP’s food basket includes sorghum - a food staple in Sudan - as well as pulses, oil and salt.

20 Jul 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Monday 7/20/2015 - 19:40 GMT


EU ministers failed to agree Monday on how to redistribute a total of 40,000 mostly Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece.

They agreed to start relocating a little over 32,000 of the arrivals among the EU's 28 members in October, falling around 8,000 short of the target agreed by EU leaders at a summit in June.

20 Jul 2015 description
report European Union

20/07/2015 12:45 Press release 606/15

20 Jul 2015 description

Spokespeople available for interviews

Any deal to relocate some 40,000 asylum seekers across the European Union would only be a small step towards fixing a broken system, Amnesty International said ahead of this afternoon’s informal meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in Brussels.

Today’s meeting follows an EU-wide understanding reached in June and is aimed at having other EU Member States take a fairer share of the responsibility of handling asylum claims of those currently in Greece and Italy, where the vast majority of incoming asylum seekers arrive.

18 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:45 GMT
Author: Reuters

ROME, July 18 (Reuters) - Italy arrested three Egyptian men who are suspected to have piloted a boat carrying more than 300 migrants to Italy from Egypt, including a 10-year-old Syrian girl whose father said she died during the sea crossing, according to Italian media.

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17 Jul 2015 description

Milan, Italy | AFP | Friday 7/17/2015 - 21:24 GMT

Italian authorities prevented a rescue boat with some 700 migrants aboard from landing in Sicily because there was no room for the people in reception centres, a humanitarian group said Friday.

Despite lengthy discussions with Italian authorities the migrants on a boat operated by medical charity Doctors Without Borders, were turned away due to a "lack of capacity in the Italian (migrant) reception system," said a statement from the group.

16 Jul 2015 description

Italy-funded project focuses on policies aimed at addressing the underlying causes of economic mobility

16 July 2015, Addis Ababa - FAO and the government of Ethiopia today signed a partnership agreement which aims to reduce youth mobility caused by poverty, through innovative policies that will create jobs and business opportunities for young people in the agricultural sector and in rural areas more broadly.

15 Jul 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 7/15/2015 - 18:51 GMT

Around 2,700 migrants were rescued Wednesday off the coast of Italy, as Europe struggles to deal with a swelling tide of arrivals from across the Mediterranean.

The migrants were saved in 13 separate operations near Sicily as they sailed for Europe mainly aboard inflatable boats, the coast guard said in a statement.

Five of the migrant boats were rescued by the Bourbon Argos -- Doctors Without Borders's (MSF's) ship -- and another two were saved by the German navy vessel Werra.