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12 Dec 2014 description
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A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".

For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

12 Dec 2014 description

Italy - Days before International Migrants Day – observed on December 18th – Italy’s Ministry of the Interior has released November and year-to-date data on migrant arrivals by sea. Through November 30, 2014 Italy reports 163,368 migrants have been rescued at sea this year.

05 Dec 2014 description

ROME (5 December 2014) – The increasing number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the last few months has resulted in a global humanitarian crisis which must have a global humanitarian response, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau has warned today in Italy.

05 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

European Union member states must urgently step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach their countries by sea after it was revealed this morning that 16 bodies were found on board a rubber dinghy rescued off the coast of Libya yesterday, said Amnesty International.

01 Dec 2014 description
  • As of 28 November, 490,046 IDPs have been identified by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. The majority (96 per cent) come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • As of 28 November, 449,847 IDPs have registered with the Ministry of Social Policy in line with the new government registration policy.

30 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Silvia Giannelli

ROME, Nov 30 2014 (IPS) - “It’s like putting explosive, gasoline and matches all in one shed. These are things that should be stored in separated places.”

Giuseppe Giorgioli, an inhabitant of the Tor Sapienza district of Rome and a member of the Tor Sapienza Committee, was explaining the mid-November outburst in the district against a reception centre for asylum seekers and refugees, in which dozens of paper bombs were thrown.

28 Nov 2014 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | vendredi 28/11/2014 - 14:45 GMT

Dix-huit migrants d'Afrique et du Moyen-Orient tentant de rejoindre l'Europe cette semaine sont portés disparus, a annoncé vendredi l'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM), ajoutant supposant qu'ils étaient "probablement morts".

Pour le seul mois de novembre, 8.000 migrants ont été secourus en mer. Au total en 2014, plus de 161.000 migrants ont été accueillis en Italie mais au moins 3.200 sont portés disparus, sûrement noyés, selon cette agence basée à Genève.

28 Nov 2014 description

Italy - IOM’s team providing assistance to migrants arriving in Europe by sea from North Africa and the Middle East recorded another 18 migrants reported missing, and presumed dead this week. The reports came from fellow passengers rescued by commercial and military vessels patrolling increasingly wintery and dangerous Mediterranean routes.

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.

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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.