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Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian …


Italy sends 2 ships to help bring migrants to Spain

Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the dayslong voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the …


Spain offers to take migrant ship amid Italy-Malta standoff

Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff had left the migrants stranded …


Honduran migrant who was separated from family is found dead in Texas jail in an apparent suicide

A Honduran migrant separated from his wife and child under the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy was found dead in his Texas jail cell last month, officials said.


EU nations split over asylum; 112 migrants die in shipwreck

European Union countries remained deeply divided Tuesday over how to reform EU rules for managing the influx of refugees and migrants, as U.N. agencies reported that an estimated 112 people …


Caravan migrants confused by President Trump’s angry tweets

President Donald Trump’s angry comments about a caravan of migrants ricochet around like a soccer ball in the dusty athletic complex in southern Mexico where the 1,000 or so Central …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Aid groups slam EU-Turkey deal, as asylum applications drop

The number of people applying for asylum in Europe has dropped to levels similar to those recorded before the wave of migrant arrivals in 2015, the European Union’s statistics agency …


Greece: 16 migrants die as smuggling boat sinks in Aegean

A smuggling boat sank Saturday off a Greek island, killing at least 16 migrants including children, and a search-and-rescue operation was underway to find two others believed missing.


EU border chief warns migrant pressures will stay high

The number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain, the head of European Union border agency …


Libyan official says truck overturns, kills 19 migrants

A Libyan official says at least 19 illegal migrants have been killed in a truck crash near the town of Bani Walid, about 112 miles southeast of Tripoli.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Colombia tightens border control as Venezuela migrants surge

Colombia is tightening control over its porous border with Venezuela as a growing tide of migrants flees into the neighboring Andean nation.


U.N.: 90 migrants feared drowned after boat capsizes off Libya

About 90 people are feared drowned after a smuggler’s boat carrying mostly Pakistani migrants capsized off Libya’s coast early Friday, the U.N.’s migration agency said.


Israelis protesting pending deportation of African migrants

A government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants has sparked an unexpected backlash from liberal Israelis and their American Jewish allies who say Israel – established in …


Spain: Dozens of children among 329 migrants rescued at sea

Spanish officials say more than 300 people including newborns have been rescued from a wooden fishing boat off Libya’s coast and taken to an Italian port.


Macron to meet May with French seeking support on Calais migrants

President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Thursday near London to discuss a raft of bilateral issues that have little to do with Britain’s decision to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

U.N. chief touts positive economic contributions of migrants

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries Thursday to focus on the overwhelmingly positive contributions of migrants and use “facts not prejudice,” warning that authorities who erect obstacles “inflict needless economic …


Smuggling boat sinks in Mediterranean, 64 feared dead

As many as 64 African migrants, including a mother whose surviving 3-year-old child desperately clung to her as she drowned, are feared dead after a traffickers’ overcrowded rubber dinghy from …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

8 migrants dead, 86 rescued from sinking boat off Libya

At least eight migrants died and 84 were rescued Saturday from a smugglers’ foundering rubber dinghy in the waters off Libya, the Italian coast guard said. An aid group said …


Macron gets tough as France struggles to deal with migrants

It’s getting colder, the clock is ticking and regional authorities are scrambling to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s deadline: get migrants off France’s streets and out of forest hideouts by year’s …


Spain rescues 104 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved 104 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from North Africa.


Anti-migrant leader pushes to win national power in Italy

The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalize on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters in Rome Sunday it would be ‘splendid’ if he wins national …


Syrian who set out solo from Libya in tiny boat is rescued

A Syrian refugee has been saved at sea after setting out solo in a tiny boat from Libya, where he told rescuers he was practically a slave.


Rwanda offers to shelter African migrants abused in Libya

Rwanda is offering to host some, perhaps thousands, of the African migrants whose reported abuse in Libya has led to international expressions of revulsion.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

A list of heartbreak: Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants

A German newspaper has published a list of 33,293 people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year.


Cyprus: Big EU members should accept more migrants

NICOSIA, Cyprus – Large European Union countries should do their fair share and accept more migrants from overburdened members that are the typical entry points into Europe, Cyprus’ interior ministry …


Council of Europe presses Italy on Libyan migrant returns

The Council of Europe is asking Italy to explain what its naval ships are doing off Libya’s coast amid concerns that Europe-bound migrants who are sent back to Libya face …


Italian effort to stop migrants fuels bloody battle in Libya

The bloodshed in the city of Sabratha is in part an unexpected consequence of Europe’s effort to stem the flow of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:51 a.m.

Romania coast guards rescues 157 migrants from Black Sea

Romania’s coast guard has rescued more than 150 migrants from Iraq and Iran, including 56 children, from a ship in distress on the Black Sea, on what is becoming a …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 7:55 p.m.

305 Syrian migrants reach Cyprus; 313 are stopped in Turkey

Cyprus police arrested a 36-year-old man Sunday for allegedly driving one of two boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island’s northwestern coast.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Merkel, rival Schulz spar over Turkey in TV election debate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left rival, Martin Schulz, are poised to hold their only televised debate Sunday, three weeks before the country’s general election.