An unprecedented influx of refugees arriving on Greece's Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point, the international advocacy Amnesty International has warned. A recent fact-finding mission to the islands revealed that new arrivals, including children, face appalling reception conditions. Poor planning ineffective...

Both Libya's governments reacted negatively to news that the EU would be launching its planned anti-people-smuggling operation off Libya, with the country’s Air Force threatening to shoot EU vessels trespassing territorial waters. [caption id="attachment_2005" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Migrants intercepted by the Misurata Coastguard[/caption] “Any vessel found in Libyan...

The head of government in Ticino, an Italian-speaking region in southern Switzerland, has threatened to shut the border with Italy. [caption id="attachment_1970" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Ticino, Switzerland: The head of the region's government is on the warpath with bordering Italy for not doing more to stop migrants from...

European naval vessels would need a UN mandate and the expressed consent of the internationally-recognised Libyan government for them to seize or attack smuggling vessels inside country's waters, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has stressed. [caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Photo: Africa Renewal /...

Migrants arriving in Italy and Greece will be placed in quarantine and could be detained for up to 18-months under draft plans to be discussed tomorrow by EU leaders and which have been released by The Guardian newspaper. The plan is scheduled for discussion at a...

Children fleeing wars in Syria and Afghanistan are sent to detention centres by immigration officials in the UK, a probe by the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed. [caption id="attachment_1938" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Photo: Wasi Dan[/caption] UK border and asylum officers are sending teenagers as young as 14 straight to adult detention centres...

The Norwegian supply vessel, Siem Pilot rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats on Monday in the southern Mediterranean Sea, marking its first ever rescue. [caption id="attachment_1892" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The crew of Siem Pilot preparing blankets for the migrants - Photo: Kripos_NCIS[/caption] The group of migrants included several pregnant...

Migrants in Libya's detention centres are often left to languish behind bars until they can make the money to "buy" their freedom through smugglers, a new damning report says. [caption id="attachment_1917" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo: MOAS.EU/Jason Florio - all rights reserved[/caption] "Migrants are detained for indefinite periods of time and...