His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mr. Giuseppe Morabito received Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director in Lebanon, Mrs. Annamaria Laurini, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, and Mr. Frank Hagemann, acting Regional Director of the ILO in the Arab States, for the presentation of three programmes implemented by the mentioned UN Agencies with the contribution of the Italian Government for a total amount of 2.5 million Euro.
Since the end of Mare Nostrum and the flare-up of the war in Libya, more than 1,000 people have landed on Lampedusa. The island's residents fear the worst is yet to come. Karl Hoffmann reports from there.
Italy - A team of IOM staffers has been able to interview dozens of this week’s arrivals from Libya, mostly African migrants.
In February 2015 IOM has recorded the arrival in Italy of some 4,300 migrants - 3,800 from Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th. The majority of these migrants are sub-Saharan Africans, although in the last 24 hours IOM staffers have reported that they also include Syrians and Eritreans.
Migrants have been rescued and brought to the ports of Lampedusa, Pozzallo, Augusta, Porto Empedocle, Trapani (Sicily) and to Calabria on the mainland.
Brussels, 19 February 2015
Some 250 children have arrived in Italy over the past week, as part of the growing flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
Since the start of the year, more than 700 children have made the dangerous boat journey to Europe, around 200 of them unaccompanied minors.
The number of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores is up 60 per cent year-on-year from January 2014.
Lampedusa, Italy | AFP | Tuesday 2/17/2015 - 17:34 GMT
by Giovanni Grezzi / Arman SOLDIN
Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled Tuesday to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way.
Officials on the tiny island south of Sicily were trying to process more than 1,200 exhausted, often traumatised and ill Africans in a reception centre designed for less than a third of that number.
Italy - IOM teams in Italy reported Tuesday (17/2) that 933 migrants have arrived on the island of Lampedusa during the past 24 hours, bringing to at least 3,800 the total number of survivors rescued from the Mediterranean since Friday (13/2).
In recent days volunteers from the Italian Red Cross have been on alert to provide humanitarian assistance to a growing number of migrants who have landed in the Sicilian towns of Pozzallo, Augusta, Porto Empedocle as well as on the island of Lampedusa.
Tents, ambulances and buses as well as 80 well-equipped volunteers– part of the recently-established Italian Red Cross branch in Lampedusa – were ready to receive the 289 migrants who landed on 15 February in the port of Pozzallo. The Red Cross volunteers assisted another 280 migrants who arrived the previous day in the town.
The European Union’s limited search and rescue resources contributed to the soaring death toll after four rubber dinghies carrying hundreds of migrants sent out an SOS in stormy weather in the southern Mediterranean last week, Amnesty International revealed today after a visit to Lampedusa.
Following the tragedy that claimed more than 300 lives, an Amnesty International research team carried out interviews, in Rome and Lampedusa, with survivors, members of the Italian coastguard and local authorities.
Italy - As violence escalates in Libya, IOM is calling on world governments to act swiftly to face the growing threat to migrants. Over 1,600 have been rescued from unseaworthy boats on the Mediterranean Sea since Friday (13/2).
Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 2/15/2015 - 22:29 GMT
by Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE
The Italian coastguard launched a massive operation Sunday to rescue more than 2,000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast, local media said.
The emergency rescue came on the same day Italy said it was evacuating staff from its embassy in Libya and suspending operations there, highlighting the worsening security situation in the violence-plagued country.
The migration flow at sea increased dramatically in 2014 and large flows of migrants will continue in the Mediterranean in 2015. NRC and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association calls for European and international solutions to avoid further humanitarian disasters at sea.
Joint statement by the NRC and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association - January 2015
In light of this week’s boat tragedies on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of refugee and migrant lives that have been lost, UNHCR is today calling on the European Union to urgently change its approach to dealing with sea crossings with a view to ensuring that saving lives is the top-most priority.
The European Union and its member states must hang their heads in shame following reports this morning that as many as 300 migrants are believed to have died in the high seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa, said Amnesty International.
“This new tragedy realizes our worst fears about the end of Italy’s Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation and exposes the predictable consequences of the European Union’s failure to provide an adequate replacement,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International.
Switzerland - IOM today (11/2) denounced the actions of Libya-based people smugglers responsible for the deaths of hundreds of African migrants sent to sea during a storm in unseaworthy inflatable dinghies. Only nine people survived this latest tragedy in which at least 300 people are now missing and believed to have drowned.
GENEVA, February 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said it was "shocked" at evidence that some 300 migrants and refugees may have died after setting off from the coast of Libya in four dinghies at the weekend.
UNHCR provides aid in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government for the first time in the conflict.
UNHCR is concerned that measures on movement restrictions for people and cargo to conflict zones could worsen the dire situation for those displaced and further complicate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Over 2,000 victims of shelling in the southern city of Mariupol received emergency assistance from UNHCR.
GENEVA, February 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday mourned the first major maritime loss of life this year off the coast of Italy, and called on the European Union to beef up search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean Sea.
Italy - The deaths from hypothermia in severe winter conditions of 29 Sub-Saharan Africans, from a group of 105 picked up by the Italian Coast Guard off the island of Lampedusa, marks an ominous and early start to the Mediterranean “human smuggling season”.
"What happened yesterday shows the necessity of life-saving operations in the Mediterranean,” said IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing. “Bigger ships, like those used in the Mare Nostrum operation, could have easily rescued these migrants.”
Rome, Italie | AFP | lundi 09/02/2015 - 19:05 GMT
Des vagues de huit mètres, un vent de force 7 et un froid glacial: près d'une trentaine de migrants qui tentaient de traverser la Méditerranée sont morts d'hypothermie entre dimanche et lundi, malgré les efforts des gardes-côtes italiens.
Ils étaient 105 migrants, originaires d'Afrique sub-saharienne, partis de Libye à bord d'une embarcation de fortune dans l'espoir de gagner l'Europe.