Italy - IOM’s Chief of Mission for Libya, Othman Belbeisi, reported today on the latest deaths from that country’s coastal waters. “We are still waiting for more details, but we have learned there were 400 migrants on one of two boats; 100 have already been rescued - nine of them women, and two girls,” Belbeisi explained.
Italy - The number of migrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in Europe by sea so far in 2015 is now approaching a quarter of a million, according to IOM analysis.
With rescues at sea occurring at a rate of over 1,000 migrants a day this summer off Italy and Greece, the number of arrivals has already surpassed the total arrivals in 2014.
Deaths at sea are also at record levels this year. In the last eight days there have been two more shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, pushing total fatalities calculated by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project to at least 2,300.
Brussels, Belgium | Thursday 8/6/2015 - 13:17 GMT
The EU attacked member states Thursday for not doing enough to halt the flow of migrants to its southern shores, saying regret at the latest deaths was no substitute for action.
"Migration is not a popular or pretty topic. It is easy to cry in front of your TV set when witnessing these tragedies. It is harder to stand up and take responsibility," top EU officials said in a statement.
Italy - Through last weekend, approximately 4,800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italian and Greek ports. The Italian Coast Guard saved 3,720 migrants in the Channel of Sicily, while Hellenic maritime forces brought to safety another approximately 1,100 migrants.
Tuesday a total of 611 migrants rescued since Sunday night are due to arrive in the port of Taranto on the Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon. It is not known at this time if they were rescued from a single craft or from several. Another 200 rescued migrants arrived Monday night in Lampedusa.
GINEBRA, Suiza, 1 de julio de 2015 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – La gran mayoría de las 137.000 personas que cruzaron el Mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa durante los seis primeros meses del 2015 huían de guerras, conflictos o persecución, haciendo de la crisis del mediterráneo una crisis principalmente de refugiados. Esta es la conclusión a la que llega el informe del ACNUR publicado hoy.
Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record
At the invitation of the Government, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention conducted its follow-up visit to Malta from 23 to 25 June 2015. The main purposes of this follow-up visit was to assess the implementation of recommendations made by the Working Group following its initial visit to Malta in 2009 and to continue its engagement with the Maltese Government in addressing issues related to detention and deprivation of liberty in the country. The delegation was composed of the Second Vice-Chair, Mr. Sètondji Roland Adjovi and Mr. Mads Andenas.
IOM Launches Study: “Migration Trends Across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”
Egypt - Altai Consulting and IOM today launch “Migration Trends across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”.
Based on unique and in-depth qualitative research in countries along the Western and Central Mediterranean routes, the study adds new insights to the ongoing debate over migration across the Mediterranean.
22/06/2015 09:55 Press release 482/15 Security & defence
Today, the Council launched the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called "EUNAVFOR Med". Its mission is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg | 07:28 GMT
EU foreign ministers formally approved Monday the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean, officials said.
The initial ships and aircraft to conduct intelligence gathering missions should be available within a week, officials said.
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said the 28-nation bloc had responded quickly to the crisis washing up on its southern shores.
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Malta from 6 to 10 December 2014. He held consultations with officials of the Government of Malta, migrants and representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations.
Banking on mobility over a generation: follow-up to the regional study on the management of the external borders of the European Union and its impact on the human rights of migrants
Los operativos contra traficantes de inmigrantes deben respetar las leyes de derechos humanos
26 DE MAYO DE 2015
(Bruselas) – Las acciones militares de la Unión Europea (UE) contra las redes de tráfico de personas no deben poner en peligro las vidas y los derechos de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en peligro, dijo hoy Human Rights Watch. El 18 de mayo de 2015, el Consejo de la Unión Europea acordó crear una operación naval, EUNAVFOR Med, para identificar, capturar y destruir los barcos usados por los traficantes de inmigrantes en el Mediterráneo.
Malta, 4 May 2015: This weekend more than 6000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.
GINEBRA, 23 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados se sumó este jueves a otros organismos en un llamamiento a los líderes europeos para que antepongan la vida, los derechos y la dignidad humana cuando lleguen a un acuerdo hoy sobre la respuesta conjunta a la crisis humanitaria en el Mediterráneo.
Genève, 23 avril (HCR) – L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a appelé jeudi – conjointement avec d'autres organisations – les dirigeants européens à prioritairement sauver des vies ainsi que garantir les droits et la dignité, dans leur réponse commune à la crise humanitaire en Méditerranée.