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Global Europe 19-08-2018

Italian minister calls for sanctions on Malta over migrants

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli on Sunday (19 August) called for sanctions against Malta, accusing it of not rescuing migrant boats in the Mediterranean and leaving the burden to Italy, in the latest row between the two countries over the issue.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

‘Lighthouse for Lampedusa’ erected on Brussels skyline

A makeshift lighthouse – constructed out of the remnants of refugees' dinghies – was erected on the Brussels skyline last night (19 June), to mark World Refugee Day and pose an ongoing question to EU policymakers through the summer.
Development Policy 10-08-2015

Italy to receive most EU funding for migrant crisis

The European Commission today approved €2.4 of aid over six years for countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.
Languages & Culture 01-06-2015

International effort rescues over 5,000 Mediterranean migrants

The corpses of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel on Sunday along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

Big rescue mission saves 4,500 boat migrants

Nearly 4,500 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya over the weekend and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard and navy said, in what looked to be the biggest rescue mission of its kind so far this year.
Italian frigate

EU leaders to consider military crackdown on Libya traffickers

EU leaders gathering in Brussels today (23 April) will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, held responsible for the deaths of thousands of migrants this year in the Mediterranean, a draft statement showed.
Alessandro de Pedys

Italian ambassador: ‘Illegal immigration poses security threat to Europe’

Many immigrants reaching Italy’s shores cannot or do not want to be identified, posing a security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorism and criminal infiltration, says Alessandro de Pedys, the Italian Ambassador to Poland.
Immigrant boat

EU’s Operation Triton to help Italy cope with migrants

The European Union plans to launch a mission to help Italy cope with swarms of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa, and avoid more disasters at sea, the EU said on Tuesday (7 October).
Hearings of candidate commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos [European Parliament / Flickr]

Immigration Commissioner denounces ‘Fortress Europe’ at hearing

The best way to combat illegal migration is to set up a regular immigration framework and not a “Fortress Europe”, according to Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Greek commissioner-designate for migration and home affairs. EURACTIV Greece reports.
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Commission launches ‘Frontex+’ to help Italy deal with immigration

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced on Wednesday that the European Commission is set to intensify its assistance to Italy to help it deal with its immigration problems.

Commission to help Italy cope with immigrants

The European Commission said Wednesday (27 August) that it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly requested.
German President Joachim Gauck speaks before the Bundestag. [Deutscher Bundestag / Achim Melde]

German president attacks EU refugee policy

German President Joachim Gauck is calling for greater generosity toward those seeking refuge in Europe and faster processing times for asylum applications. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Amnesty: Europe’s response to Syria is ‘pathetic’

While the Syrian refugee crisis rages, and migration is at the top of the EU’s human rights concerns, Amnesty’s Salil Shetty visited Brussels to call on EU leaders to take action. “Europe’s pledge of 14,000 places for resettlement and humanitarian admission of Syrian refugees is not a serious one,” Shetty said in an interview with EURACTIV.
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Should development aid help contain migration?
Development Policy 18-12-2013

Should development aid help contain migration?

After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration.

Commission warns Italy over degrading treatment of immigrants

The European Commission threatened Italy with legal action today (18 December) for possible breaches of the EU's rules on granting asylum, over its treatment of migrants arriving from Africa on the island of Lampedusa.
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Commission threatens Italy with legal action over mistreatment of migrants in Lampedusa

These images secretly filmed show migrants at a reception centre in the Italian island of Lampedusa. They are being sprayed for scabies after being forced to strip-naked in front of others. The release of the footage, shot by a Syrian refugee, has caused outrage across Europe. In Brussels, the Commission threatened the Italian government with legal action on Wednesday if poor conditions at reception centers don't improve.

European leaders must adopt clear rules to save lives in the Mediterranean

The news of the death of 366 migrants off the shores of Lampedusa triggered a wave of dismay among many European decision-makers. Now, EU leaders have to translate words into action, writes Karolina Babicka.
Development Policy 18-12-2013

EU wary of using development aid to contain migration

After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders have called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration. The European Commission admits that there is a link between giving aid and containing migratory flows, whilst insisting that the two tracks are completely separate. 
INFOGRAPHIC: Should development aid help contain migration?
Development Policy 18-12-2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Should development aid help contain migration?

After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders have called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration. See related article

EU countries downplay ‘humanitarian visas’ for migrants

In the aftermath of the Lampedusa tragedy, in which hundreds of African migrants lost their lives, the EU's 28 home affairs ministers met in Brussels on Thursday (5 December) to come up with a set of measures to tackle massive migration, but seemed more focused on border security rather than refugees' protection.

Italian foreign chief warns Al Qaeda members may be among migrants

Al Qaeda members may be among thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat from Africa to Europe, posing a potential security risk for the European Union, Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Monday (18 November).
Security 18-11-2013

EU ministers discuss deployment of drones

European foreign and defence ministers will discuss how to deploy drones for civilian operations, ranging from disaster prevention to deterring human traffickers on the EU's borders, in a two-day meeting that opens in Brussels today (18 November) .

Lampedusa is wake-up call for EU immigration policy, church says

Francesco Montenegro, the archbishop of the Sicilian archdiocese of Agrigento and Lampedusa, visited Brussels last week to urge EU representatives to boost their actions on asylum and migration and to “put the human being first” in their policy initiatives.
Med & South 15-11-2013

Archbishop: EU immigration policy should put the human beings first

Despite increased awareness and recent financial aid to Italy, the shipwreck off Lampedusa, which saw the death of hundreds of migrants, has shown that the European Union needs a comprehensive political plan focused on the needs of the people in the boats, says the archbishop of Lampedusa.