For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Nov 28, 2014

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks. For more than 700 migrants, most of them fleeing the conflict ...

Sep 22, 2014

Raft sinks near Libya; 40 migrants missing

Forty migrants were missing after the raft that carried them sank around 30 miles (48.28 km) from eastern Libya, an Italian coast guard official said on Sunday. Italian authorities sent boats to the scene and 55 people have been rescued, but survivors said there ...

Tensions mount in French port over migrant influx

Sep 8, 2014

Tensions mount in French port over migrant influx

Hundreds of extreme-right activists demonstrated Sunday to “save” Calais from homeless migrants inundating the French port city in hopes of crossing the English Channel to Britain. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a few dozen far-left activists sought to disrupt Sunday’s protest, but ...

U.K. police identify migrants in container as Afghan Sikhs

Aug 18, 2014

U.K. police identify migrants in container as Afghan Sikhs

The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port over the weekend following a “horrific ordeal” are Sikhs from Afghanistan, police said Sunday. One man was found dead in the container, and 34 men, women and children — all suffering from ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Aug 6, 2014

Migrants clash in France as camp tensions soar

Migrants flowing into Europe in unprecedented numbers are causing a tense summer in France, as clashes break out among asylum-seekers in overcrowded camps and police fire tear gas to quell the chaos. Sudanese and Eritreans battled in the sweltering heat in France’s port city ...

Jul 13, 2014

A migrant structure for Japan

by William Barriga

Setting numerical targets on immigration or the birthrate is a typical government planning tool, but migration is much more than a mathematical equation. Japan's government needs to give serious consideration to establishing an interministerial entity that ensures a "whole-of-government" approach.

May 12, 2014

Italy coast guard says 200 rescued after migrant boat sinks

Italy’s coast guard said 200 people were rescued on Monday after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, with Italian media reporting that several people also died. The coast guard said the rescue was being carried out by ...

700 immigrants rescued off Sicily: official

Oct 25, 2013

700 immigrants rescued off Sicily: official

Nearly 700 refugees, including dozens of Eritreans, have been rescued off Sicily in five operations, as leaders grapple with the issue of illegal immigration at a European Union summit. Patrol boats, navy vessels and a Maltese-flagged cargo vessel rescued asylum seekers from five boats ...

Oct 9, 2013

Center offers help to abused Filipinos

Filipinos residing in Japan, particularly in and around Nagoya, have for the past 13 years been turning to a nongovernmental organization operating from a six-mat room in the city’s Naka Ward for help in resolving problems ranging from domestic violence to the arrest of ...