More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said. Some 785 migrants — including 133 women and 27 children — arrived in Palermo after being picked up off the Libyan coast by the Norwegian cargo ship Siem Pilot, which is part of EU border security operation Triton. Italy and Greece have been hard pressed to handle a massive increase in migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
28 December, 2015 No Christmas break in migrant flow to Italy Around 4,000 migrants and refugees were saved from waters between Italy and North Africa over the course of the Christmas weekend, with further rescue operations expected in the final days of an "exceptional" year, officials said Monday. The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the […]
28 July, 2015 Over 1,800 migrants rescued off Italy, 13 bodies recovered More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday. Vessels taking part in EU border security operation Triton rescued the migrants from their rickety boats in five […]
25 June, 2015 EU to take in 40,000 migrants from Italy, Greece: draft communique By Robin Emmott and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will agree on Thursday to take in 40,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece to confront a growing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean but delay a decision on how to share them out, according to a draft final summit […]
16 August, 2015 Death toll of migrants asphyxiated on Italy boat ‘rises to 49’ The number of migrants asphyxiated in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the Italian coast has climbed to 49, Italian media reported Sunday. Authorities made the grim discovery on Saturday when an Italian navy patrol boat was sent to the sinking vessel's aid as it made the […]