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Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

More than 50 migrants found dead on boats near Libya coast

Rescuers saved about 3,000 migrants, but found more than 50 dead on boats near the coast of Libya yesterday (26 August), the Italian coast guard said.
Immigrant boat

EU seeks UN approval for seizing boats used for human trafficking

Europe is seeking United Nations Security Council approval to seize vessels used to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean from Libya, though Russia has signaled it would not allow destruction of the vessels.

Member states reluctant to make further Triton commitments

EURACTIV has obtained the list of EU countries pledging to strengthen joint naval operations in the Mediterranean, put together during yesterday’s (23 April) extraordinary summit.

NGOs: Migration summit fell short of expectations

EU leaders have missed a real opportunity to make a serious difference in the lives and deaths of the people suffering daily in the Mediterranean, say NGOs.

EU leaders shy away from revamping the asylum policy

European heads of state and heads of government will meet this afternoon, 23 April, to agree on tougher measures to stem the flow of sinking refugee ships in the Mediterranean. But they are highly unlikely to make headway in introducing an element of “solidarity” in the Union’s asylum policy. EURACTIV France reports.

EU leaders try to rise to the refugee crisis challenge

European Union leaders who decided last year to halt the rescue of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean will reverse their decision today (23 April) at a summit hastily convened after nearly 2,000 people died at sea.
Global Europe 22-04-2015

EU leaders must toughen response to Mediterranean crisis

The EU is finally waking up to the desperate crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean and North Africa, and tomorrow’s extraordinary Council summit is a step towards dealing with its consequences, writes Mirjam van Reisen.
Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

Tusk considers extraordinary summit over migrant boat disasters

European Council President Donald Tusk is considering calling a special summit of EU leaders on the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean after a fishing boat capsized overnight off the Libyan coast, killing as many as 700 migrants.
The Blue Sky M cargo ship docked at the Gallipoli harbour in southern Italy on 31 Dec. [Reuters]

Commission steps up response to ‘ghost ships’

Human traffickers have started to smuggle migrants to Europe on big ships, a challenge the European Commission was quizzed over its response to today (5 January).

Gil Arias-Fernández: ‘the immigration problem in Calais is not so bad’

Gil Arias-Fernández, Executive Director of the European border control agency Frontex, spoke to EURACTIV France about Operation Triton and the immigration situation in Calais.
Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

Britain opposes operations to save migrants in Mediterranean

The UK will not support future search and rescue operations to save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to the country's foreign ministry, prompting concerns this policy will put lives at risk.