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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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Malta + 2 others
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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World + 12 others
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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FRONTEX Annual Risk Analysis 2014

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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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72 migrants assisted to voluntarily return to their countries of origin

Malta - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Malta, in cooperation with the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security (MHAS), successfully completed the fourth phase of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) project - RESTART IV.

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Italy + 3 others
More than 2,000 rescued migrants arrive at Italian ports

06/09/2014 11:01 GMT

ROME, June 9, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,000 migrants arrived in Italy on Monday, bringing to a close an international operation to rescue refugees who had packed into 25 boats and travelled from Libya.

The migrants were taken to three Italian ports, with the largest contingent of 1,300 arriving at the southern Italian city of Taranto onboard a navy ship Etna, according to media reports.

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Italy, Malta say 'forgotten' by EU over migrant influx

06/08/2014 17:24 GMT

by Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE with Matthew XUEREB in Malta

ROME, June 8, 2014 (AFP) - Italy and Malta on Sunday said they had been "forgotten" by Europe amid a massive influx of migrants -- an accusation rejected by Brussels which admitted however that other countries could do more to help.

Italian, Maltese and US ships were involved in a vast operation to rescue migrants packed in 25 vessels on their way from Libyan shores, part of a sharp increase in arrivals because of improved weather.

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Dispatches: Malta Commits to Ending Detention of Migrant Children

APRIL 1, 2014 By Alice Farmer

During a rally on Sunday, March 30, for Malta’s Freedom Day, which marks the country’s independence from British rule, Malta’s prime minister made a significant pledge: he committed to end the detention of migrant children.

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Amnesty International urges Malta to abide by international obligations in search and rescue operations

Report
Amnesty

AI Index: EUR 33/001/2014

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Malta

Malta has accepted a recommendation to continue its cooperation with neighbouring countries regarding rescue operations at sea,i and in its response has stated that, as regards to search and rescue, it will continue to abide by its international obligations and to cooperate with neighbouring countries.

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Syria migrant jailed for fleeing Malta

03/12/2014 22:38 GMT

VALLETTA, March 12, 2014 (AFP) - A Syrian migrant who survived the tragedy in Lampedusa in October 2013 was jailed for six months Wednesday after he fled Malta illegally.

Omar Younes, 23, managed to flee Malta illegally on a boat and made it to The Netherlands where he was detained and sent back to Malta.

He was one of the 200 migrants who survived the shipwreck 60 nautical miles south of Lampedusa on October 12. An estimated 200 migrants are believed to have perished in the tragedy.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Malta + 9 others
Horn migrants risk new routes to reach Europe

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2013 (IRIN) - The shipwreck that claimed the lives of more than 350 mainly Eritrean asylum seekers off the Italian island of Lampedusa last month has focused Europe’s obsession with irregular migration on the area of the Mediterranean separating southern Italy and Malta from North Africa. But this treacherous stretch of sea represents only the final leg of a lengthy journey filled with hazards.

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Malta + 1 other
Ahmed Omar Isaak, Somali migrant: "I never dreamed I would end up in the sea"

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2013 (IRIN) - Ahmed Omar Isaak, 31, fled the conflict in his home country of Somalia in January 2012. His intention was merely to move to a place of safety, but that proved much harder than he had imagined. Over the next 16 months, he travelled nearly 5,000km in trucks, buses, boats and the boot of a car, enduring detention, beatings and being stranded in the Sahara desert. He told IRIN about his journey over the phone from Malta.

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World + 6 others
Migrant deaths in Mediterranean spark debate, but little action

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - Migrants have been losing their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy, overcrowded vessels for years, but until two weeks ago, their deaths rarely generated headlines. The sheer scale of the tragedy that occurred off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on 3 October, however, was hard to ignore.

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US Navy rescues 128 Somali migrants in rough seas

10/17/2013 14:32 GMT

ROME, October 17, 2013 (AFP) - A US warship has rescued 128 migrants from an inflatable raft that was threatening to capsize in rough seas in the Mediterranean after a request from Malta, officials said Thursday.

The USS San Antonio, which is equipped with an amphibious transport dock that can help in rescue operations, was scrambled on Wednesday after a Maltese military aircraft spotted the dinghy.

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Dramatic high-seas migrant rescue off Malta

10/16/2013 15:43 GMT

VALLETTA, October 16, 2013 (AFP) - The Maltese military on Wednesday rescued 75 migrants from a boat stranded in rough seas, as Prime Minister Joseph Muscat urged Europe to take action to manage the growing influx of refugees.

A tanker was the first on the scene but its crew said they could not haul the migrants on board, forcing an intervention by the Maltese armed forces, sources close to the military told AFP.

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IOM Director General Calls for Urgent Action to Save the Lives of Migrants Arriving by Sea in Europe

Italy - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing today called for urgent action and intensified cooperation in the wake of the latest boat tragedy near the islands of Malta and Lampedusa, where 21 people lost their lives at the weekend. At least other 200 people are still missing.

“I am again profoundly shaken by the deaths of migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach the shores of Europe,” said Mr. Swing. “I offer my condolences to the families of the victims and call for urgent measures to ensure that these tragedies become a thing of the past.”

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