Mar 5, 2015

Turkey seeks EU help to stop migrant 'ghost ships'

Turkey is appealing to the European Union to help it combat the phenomenon of ghost ships used by smugglers to send hundreds of migrants at a time toward European shores. Turkey’s ambassador in Brussels, Selim Yenel, told EU lawmakers Wednesday that his country needs ...

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

Mar 5, 2015

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. Rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships saved ...

Migrants flock to EU door at Hungary's border

Mar 2, 2015

Migrants flock to EU door at Hungary's border

Exhausted, hungry and cold, they have been walking for miles. What little they have is carried in plastic bags. They camp in abandoned homes, followed by stray dogs hoping to snag a morsel. Tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and ...

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Jan 19, 2015

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since late December, and a top minister vowed on Sunday that authorities would order more expulsions in a heightened terrorism crackdown. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters that the expelled include five Tunisians and citizens from Turkey, Egypt, ...

Jan 7, 2015

EU wants explanation from Turkey on migrant smugglers

The European Union wants Turkey to explain how human traffickers could have taken two cargo ships filled with migrants out of the country and sent them toward Italy without Turkish authorities noticing. European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday that “given what has happened ...

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jan 6, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. The Coast Guard ...

U.S. sees spike in Caribbean migrant inflow

Jan 5, 2015

U.S. sees spike in Caribbean migrant inflow

A recent spike in Cubans attempting to reach the United States by sea has generated headlines. But the numbers of Haitians and other Caribbean islanders making similar journeys are up even more. And while federal law grants legal residency to Cubans reaching U.S. soil, ...

Jan 5, 2015

150 migrants rescued off Spanish coast in recent days

Almost 150 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats have been rescued off the coast of Spain in less than a week, officials said Sunday. In the largest of several rescue operations last week, a boat carrying 53 people was spotted on ...