Madrid, Spain | AFP | Sunday 10/4/2015 - 13:25 GMT
Almost 200 migrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa were rescued overnight as they tried to reach southern Spain in makeshift vessels, Spanish coastal rescue officials said Sunday.
"Maritime rescue services picked up 188 people from seven craft," a spokesman told AFP.
A Red Cross spokesman told AFP that 103 Algerians, half of them minors, were aboard five craft off the southern port of Almeria.
Two other vessels were crammed with 85 sub-Saharan Africans.
Italy - Tomorrow (3rd October), Italy’s Mediterranean island of Lampedusa will observe the second anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of 368 migrants, who perished on 3rd October, 2013. Most of those who died had fled Eritrea and were attempting to sail to Europe via Libya.
Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million
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According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$0.2 million, US$5.7 million and US$11.2 million of humanitarian assistance to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala respectively so far in 2015.
Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - IOM estimates that some 522,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea since the beginning of the year. Of those, 388,324 have landed in Greece and 130,891 have reached Italian shores after being rescued on the high seas in the Channel of Sicily, including 2,349 rescued since IOM’s last report released Friday, 25 September.
Madrid, Spain | AFP | Friday 9/25/2015 - 15:39 GMT
A Spanish coast guard ship rescued 32 African migrants from a boat off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, officials said Friday.
It was the latest in a string of arrivals that suggest the Canary Islands are regaining popularity as an entry point for migrants trying to reach Europe.
The boat was intercepted late on Thursday in the south of the resort island of Gran Canaria after one of the migrants used a mobile phone to call police for help, a sea rescue service spokesman said.
In Greece, the reception infrastructure, services and registration procedures are falling dramatically short of needs. At all main entry points, there is a lack of adequate reception conditions resulting in serious hygiene, health and protection risks. The limited capacity to respond creates a tense and dramatic situation.
The European Union finds itself in the throes of a far-reaching humanitarian crisis, as waves of refugees and asylum seekers flock to its gates in numbers not seen since the end of World War II. The hundreds of thousands who have already arrived and the hundreds of thousands who are expected to reach the shores of Europe before the end of the year have taken EU member states by (incomprehensible) surprise and consequently, have found these states unprepared to deal with the influx. At the same time, the EU is in the throes of a deep identity crisis.