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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

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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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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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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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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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Dozens dead in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

10/12/2013 16:15 GMT

by Matthew XUEREB

VALLETTA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) - Rescuers plucked 200 refugees from the sea Saturday after their boat capsized, killing 31 in yet another migrant tragedy that prompted Malta to warn the Mediterranean was turning into a cemetery.

Their boat went down off Malta on Friday near the Italian island of Lampedusa, packed with 230 to 250 men, women and children, the Maltese navy said.

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UNHCR Chief expresses shock at new Mediterranean boat tragedy

Over 200 people were rescued in Maltese waters, but according to survivors, there were as many as 400 Syrians and Palestinians on the boat, many now missing and feared drowned.

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Dozens dead in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

10/12/2013 16:15 GMT

by Matthew XUEREB

VALLETTA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) - Rescuers plucked 200 refugees from the sea Saturday after their boat capsized, killing 31 in yet another migrant tragedy that prompted Malta to warn the Mediterranean was turning into a cemetery.

Their boat went down off Malta on Friday near the Italian island of Lampedusa, packed with 230 to 250 men, women and children, the Maltese navy said.

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Migrants rescued at sea after fleeing Libya must be allowed to disembark in Malta

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The Maltese authorities must urgently allow a boat carrying 102 sub-Saharan Africans to disembark those on board, Amnesty International said.

The private vessel 'MV Salamis', which rescued the group stranded at sea and reportedly includes pregnant women, one injured woman and a five-month-old baby among its passengers, was stopped by the Maltese navy before it entered Maltese territorial waters last night. The group is currently stranded off the Maltese coast.

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IOM Welcomes Solution to Stranded Migrants Off Malta

IOM welcomes the solution relating to 102 migrants stranded since Monday (5/8) aboard the tanker M/T Salamis off the Maltese coast. The tanker, which was stopped by the Maltese navy before it entered Maltese territorial waters, has now been diverted to the Italian port of Syracuse.

The migrants, who were drifting at sea when rescued by the Salamis, reportedly include pregnant women and other vulnerable individuals.

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EU calls on Malta to allow boat refugees to land

BRUSSELS, August 6, 2013 (AFP) - The European Commission called on Malta Tuesday to allow 102 migrants picked up at sea to disembark on humanitarian grounds after Valletta insisted they should instead go to Libya.

The immediate need was to allow the refugees, among them four pregnant women, to land in Malta "as soon as possible," EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said in a statement.

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Italy slams 'death merchants' after 31 migrants drown

07/28/2013 18:57 GMT

ROME, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Interior Minister Angelo Alfano called for human traffickers who shuttle migrants across the sea to Italy to be stopped on Sunday, after 31 boat people drowned during an attempted crossing.

The victims, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to according to survivors who managed to complete the journey.

"The traffic of human beings must end. We need to stop the merchants of death," Alfano said.

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Malta Forced to Cancel Repatriation of African Refugees

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Henry Ridgwell
July 10, 2013

LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants.

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Some 8,400 migrants, asylum-seekers reach Europe by sea in first half of 2013

ROME, Italy, July 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year. The majority arrived in Italy (7,800), while Malta received around 600 migrants and asylum-seekers.

"Those making this journey mostly departed from North Africa, principally Libya – around 6,700 people. The remaining 1,700 crossed from Greece and Turkey, landing in southern Italy's Apulia and Calabria regions," a UNHCR spokesman said.