Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Apr 28, 2015

Mediterranean migrant trafficking a study in cash handoffs, extortion

Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden. By the thousands, they’re handing themselves over to abusive smugglers who hold them ...

Apr 22, 2015

Britain weighs participation in Mediterranean migrant rescues

Britain said it was considering ways to help Europe’s refugee crisis on Tuesday following the Mediterranean’s worst migrant disaster. Foreign Minister Philip Hammond told the BBC he wanted a “more formidable operation on the sea,” while Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to ...

Apr 20, 2015

Migrant crisis prompts Italy call for emergency EU summit

Italy on Sunday called for an emergency summit of European Union leaders following the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Rome would be seeking the extraordinary meeting after up to 700 people were feared to have drowned when ...