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Migrants Tell of Mass Murder on Vessel Smuggling Migrants from Libya

Italy - Migrants' at a school serving as a reception centre in Sicily yesterday told IOM of a nightmare voyage from Libya that ended with 29 of their number suffocating to death from choking fumes in the hold of an over-crowded vessel, where they had been driven at knife-point.

Some 569 survivors rescued by the Italian navy on Saturday reported that as many as 750 people had been crammed into ship when it sailed from Libya, raising the spectre that as many as 180 may have perished. Many had been thrown overboard.

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Se necesita acción urgente en Europa para frenar el aumento de muertes en el mar

Más de 800 personas han muerto en lo que va de año en el Mediterráneo. Muchos buscaban seguridad por conflictos o guerras civiles.

GINEBRA, Suiza, 24 de julio de 2014 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – En los últimos diez días, más de 260 personas han muerto o han desaparecido cuando intentaban cruzar el Mediterráneo hacia Europa.

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UNHCR calls for urgent European action to end refugee and migrant deaths at sea

More than 800 people, many of them seeking safety from conflict and civil war, have died this year in the Mediterranean, compared to a total 600 deaths in 2013, and 500 in 2012.

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Five migrants accused of 'massacre' on refugee boat: reports

07/22/2014 21:35 GMT

ROME, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Five migrants were arrested on Tuesday by Italian police accused of killing fellow passengers aboard a boat in which 30 bodies were found by rescuers earlier this month, Italian media reported.

Italian and Maltese naval crews who rescued more than 560 refugees -- most of them Syrian -- from the ship on July 19 made the grim discovery. The dead, who included a baby, had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes having been locked in the hold by the crew.

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Five bodies found as Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

07/21/2014 11:07 GMT

ROME, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Monday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation.

The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing.

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Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

07/20/2014 20:08 GMT

VALLETTA, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel's hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.

Maltese officials said the migrants -- almost all Syrian -- may have died in a stampede as the boat was being rescued, while Italians said they may have been overcome with toxic fumes from the engine.

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Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

07/19/2014 18:53 GMT

by Dario THUBURN

ROME, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said.

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Hundreds of immigrants land in Italy

07/18/2014 17:26 GMT

ROME, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds more immigrants arrived in Italian waters on Friday, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya.

The navy on Friday said it had rescued 574 from one boat, and the coastguard said it intercepted 251 on another.

A boat laden with 352 migrants -- mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria -- also arrived on the island of Lampedusa, managing to avoid detection.

A second smaller boat came later with 94 migrants on board.

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Three drown as Italian navy rescues around 1,400 migrants

07/17/2014 16:42 GMT

ROME, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy on Thursday said it had rescued some 1,400 migrants from six boats intercepted crossing the Mediterranean over the past 24 hours, as smugglers take advantage of calm summer seas.

The rescues came as Libya's navy said it had retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank off its coast.

The navy said 764 migrants were rescued from three boats overnight -- then 472 on two other boats intercepted on Thursday and around 200 more were on a sixth boat.

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Italy recovers 12 migrants, one body from sinking boat

07/15/2014 12:30 GMT

ROME, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - The Italian navy said on Tuesday it had rescued 12 migrants and recovered a body after their boat foundered near Libyan shores, and was still searching for other possible survivors.

The navy said it was contacted by a Turkish merchant vessel about a "semi-sunken dinghy" around 40 nautical miles (74 kilometres, 46 miles) from the Libyan coast.

Territorial waters are usually up to 12 nautical miles out.

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EU wants to help Italy with boat migrants, but not share burden

07/08/2014 16:42 GMT

by Christian SPILLMANN

MILAN, July 8, 2014 (AFP) - As EU ministers met Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat immigrants washing up on its shores, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.

"We must open legal routes to allow refugees to come to the European Union, otherwise they resort to illegal immigration channels," Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Milan.

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The Human Cost of Fortress Europe: Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees at Europe’s Borders

Report
Amnesty

EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

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Annual Report Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2013

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European Union

PR 08/2014

7 July 2014

EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union in 2013

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Italy navy rescues 2,600 boat migrants

07/07/2014 09:20 GMT

ROME, July 7, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said Monday, as police searched for new arrivals who landed by night on Sicily's southern coast.

Seven boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers mainly from Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Algeria were intercepted between Saturday and Monday, bringing the total number of people arriving on Italian shores this year to over 68,000.

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Italy calls on UN refugee agency to help Libya with refugees

07/04/2014 13:02 GMT

ROME, July 4, 2014 (AFP) - Italy called Friday for the UN's refugee agency to help the newly elected Libyan government deal with the huge flow of immigrants and asylum seekers setting off from its coasts for Europe.

"We have a record number of women, men and children arriving, 96 percent of the time from Libya," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a press conference in Rome, just hours after another 800 boat migrants were rescued and taken to safety in southern Italy.

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80 more migrants drowned in latest Italy boat tragedy

07/02/2014 15:40 GMT

by Ella IDE

ROME, July 2, 2014 (AFP) - Eighty more migrants are feared drowned after another shipwreck off Italy, just days after dozens of others suffocated in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat.

The victims "met an atrocious end at the hands of unscrupulous death merchants who profit from desperation to make money out of journeys carried out in inhuman conditions," Italy's Interior Minister Angelo Alfano told the Senate on Wednesday.

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Boat migrant death toll in Italy rises to 45

07/02/2014 09:16 GMT

ROME, July 2, 2014 (AFP) - Rescuers recovering the bodies of migrants left to die in the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat said on Wednesday they have found 45 bodies, up from an expected toll of 30.

Fire fighters in white anti-contamination suits and masks and armed with chainsaws and crowbars worked for hours to cut away at the narrow entrance to the hold before they could access the dead, whose bodies were tangled together.

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DFID should continue to prioritise humanitarian spending in the Middle East and press other EU nations to do the same warn MPs

European countries to increase their contributions to the humanitarian relief for the Syrian refugee crisis and those nations affected by say MPs on the International Development Committee.

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FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

Report
European Union

FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2014

Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.

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Traffickers left migrants to die 'like beasts': survivors

07/01/2014 16:29 GMT

by Ella IDE

ROME, July 1, 2014 (AFP) - Horrific accounts emerged Tuesday of how 30 migrants were left to die, bolted by traffickers into the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat, as their bodies were brought to Sicily for burial.

"There were too many of us. They forced us onto the boat, though there was no space left. Those inside, with the hatch closed, they were killed," a young Syrian survivor was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera daily.

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