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23 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Italie | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 21:07 GMT

A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.

The Italian coastguard said it helped pluck 520 people from five boats in trouble in Libyan waters overnight Thursday to Friday after a communications centre in Rome traced distress calls sent by cellphone from the boats heading towards Sicily.

17 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 11/16/2014 - 17:13 GMT

The Italian navy and merchant ships picked up more than 2,500 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend as the flow of refugees seeking to reach Europe rose again.

More than 860 migrants, mostly Syrian families, were taken to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo Sunday, showing that many people are still ready to risk the perilous crossing from north Africa in search of a new life.

14 Nov 2014 description

Brussels, 31 October 2014

What is Triton?

Triton is a Frontex coordinated joint operation, requested by the Italian authorities that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy.

How have the details of the operation been defined?

13 Nov 2014 description

11/13/2014 - 04:11 GMT

The way she tell its, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.

"I go to church, I pray, but I'm not a religious freak," says the joint founder of MOAS, a unique humanitarian venture that owes its existence to a combination of Pope Francis's inspirational turn of phrase and a chance encounter with a winter coat separated from its owner in tragic circumstances.

MOAS stands for Migrant Offshore Aid Station. Essentially, it is a boat, albeit a pretty sophsticated one.

07 Nov 2014 description

Italy - Despite increasingly dangerous sea conditions, irregular migrants are continuing to cross the Mediterranean, bringing the total number of arrivals in Italy this year to 154,075, according to figures newly released by the country’s Ministry of the Interior.

The number of migrants arriving in Italy by sea in the month of October was 15,279, a slight decrease from the 26,107 who arrived in September. The overall total of arrivals has now reached just under four times the number of arrivals recorded during the same period last year (38,882).

31 Oct 2014 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 10/31/2014 - 14:10 GMT

Italy on Friday confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean.

"From tomorrow a new operation called 'Triton' begins," deputy prime minister and interior minister Angelino Alfano told journalists at a press conference, referring to a much more limited mission led by the EU border agency Frontex.

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31 Oct 2014 description

IOM has paid tribute – on the occasion of the launch of the European Union (EU) Operation Triton in the Mediterranean – to the heroic work of Italy’s maritime forces in rescuing at sea thousands of migrants seeking safety in Europe.

Under Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” operation, some 150,000 so-called “irregular” migrants, many of them from the most troubled nations in Africa and the Middle East, have arrived safely over the past 10 months in Europe, where today many are pursuing claims for asylum.

31 Oct 2014 description

GENEVA (30 October 2014) – Allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status is a complete disregard for the value of human life, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said today urging the British authorities to reconsider its decision not support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

27 Oct 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTABEL LIGAMI

IN SUMMARY

21 Oct 2014 description
report Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

Read the full story

17 Oct 2014 description
report Amnesty

Italy’s proposal to end its Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea would put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe at risk, Amnesty International said today.

Italy’s Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano has proposed that Mare Nostrum, which was launched a year ago today and has saved tens of thousands of lives at sea, should end when Frontex’s new border operation Triton starts on 1 November.

17 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Italy

To tackle the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the ISIS siege of the Syrian town of Kobane, Italian Cooperation has earmarked 300,000 euros for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help the Kurds fleeing towards the Turkish-Syrian border. “The situation in Kobane is dramatic and the population needs urgent protection”, said Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. “Italy, along with the international community, is engaged in the effort to defeat ISIS and help thousands of people living in a dramatic situation.

17 Oct 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

14 Oct 2014 description

Highlights

  • Evacuation of over 250 migrants of different nationalities accomplished via Tunisia, Egypt or directly out of Tripoli

  • Over 900 emergency relief kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area, departing migrants and those in detention centres

  • Almost 1,036 migrants from different countries tracked and scheduled to receive repatriation support through the IOM network

  • 2 capacity building trainings for humanitarian and psychosocial workers carried out in Zarzis, Tunisia

10 Oct 2014 description

Belgrade, 10 Oct 2014 – The Serbian government’s Office for assistance and rehabilitation of the flooded areas stated today that the Italian government, at the proposal of the Office, approved the financing of a project worth €800,000 for the clean-up of flood damages caused to the water management infrastructure.

10 Oct 2014 description

Italy - Some 8,736 irregular Syrian migrants have arrived in Italy by sea in recent weeks, bringing the total number of Syrian arrivals this year through the end of September to 32,681 – the largest number from any country – overtaking 32,537 from Eritrea.

“In September, there were more Syrians than Eritreans,” said IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo. “Both groups are fleeing from war and persecution. Together they represent almost half of the total number of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Italy by sea this year.”

09 Oct 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting in Luxembourg

(Brussels, October 9, 2014) – European Union member states’ justice and home affairs ministers meeting in Luxembourg should take forward a comprehensive and collective EU response to search and rescue needs in the central Mediterranean to urgently save lives, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

05 Oct 2014 description

On 3 October, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in the launch of the 2014 edition of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at the Italian Parliament in Rome, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister of the Environment and Protection of the Land and Sea, a range of Parliamentarians as well as members of academia and the diplomatic corps in Italy.

03 Oct 2014 description

One year after 368 migrants, mainly Eritreans, lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy, survivors of the tragedy and relatives of the victims will return to the island of Lampedusa today for the first time to commemorate the event.

IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing, who met last year with the survivors of the shipwreck and heard their stories, will take part in the commemoration.

03 Oct 2014 description

Un año después del trágico naufragio frente a la isla italiana de Lampedusa, guerras como las de Siria, las crisis prolongadas que sufren distintos países en conflicto y el caos que impera en Libia, continúan empujando a un número sin precedentes de refugiados hacia Europa.

Los equipos médicos de Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) han constatado en Sicilia que quienes llegan lo hacen en una situación cada vez más vulnerable, por lo que insta a la Unión Europea (UE) a que mantenga activas sus operaciones de búsqueda y rescate en el Mediterráneo.