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Italy Holocaust memorial shelters migrants from 'indifference'

Milan - Camp beds, biscuits and bottles of water: each night dozens of asylum seekers find refuge in an unusual yet highly symbolic place, Milan's Holocaust memorial.

Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean in 2015

Ginebra - A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday"Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of ...

EU to help 'frontline' Hungary cope with migrant wave: Official

Budapest - The European Commission has pledged to send financial aid and experts to Hungary to help it cope with a surge in illegal immigration this year, a senior Brussels official said in Budapest Tuesday.

Italy begins recovery of 800 migrant bodies from Med shipwreck

Rome - The Italian navy said it had begun efforts to recover the bodies of some 800 migrants killed in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean in April, as authorities rescued another 4,400 people making the dangerous sea journey to Europe.

Top French court approves border controls with Italy

Paris - France's top administrative court said Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Israel approves extending security fence to Jordan border

Jerusalem - Israel has approved extending a security barrier to part of its eastern border with Jordan in a bid to keep out militants and illegal migrants, the prime minister's office said Monday.

Sardinia's poor defy anti-immigrant mood to help refugees

Italy's wealthy north may have tired of asylum seekers, but in one of the poorest regions of Sardinia locals are clothing and feeding refugee families.

Italy's Renzi slams EU leaders over migrant quotas

Brussels - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lashed out at fellow EU leaders for rejecting mandatory migrant quotas amid sharp divisions over how to halt the tide of humanity washing up on Europe's southern shores.

UN group still sees concerns in Malta's treatment of migrants

Valletta - Conditions for migrants on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta have improved but still fall well below international standards, a UN group said Thursday.

EU's Tusk says 'no consensus' on mandatory migrant quotas

Brussels - EU president Donald Tusk backed down Thursday on demands that member states accept mandatory migrant quotas, saying there was no "consensus" on the divisive issue as leaders met for a summit.

Migrant crisis in Med 'genocide' says Italy frontline mayor

Rome - Failing to provide asylum seekers with safe passage to the EU while hundreds die at sea is tantamount to genocide, a mayor on the frontline of the crisis warned Thursday.

Europe identity at risk as migrant tensions rise: Italy

Rome - Europe needs to find a solution to the migrant crisis or risk losing its identity, Italy's Matteo Renzi warned Wednesday ahead of a key EU summit, as tensions rose over the asylum issue.

Hungary halts key EU asylum rule, saying 'the boat is full'

Budapest - Hungary said Tuesday it has indefinitely suspended the application of a key EU asylum rule in order "protect Hungarian interests", prompting Brussels to seek immediate clarification.

Eritrea defends conscription as thousands flee

Nairobi - Eritrea has defended its controversial policy of decades-long national service from which some 5,000 people flee each month, saying it has "no other choice" due to threats from long-standing enemy Ethiopia.

Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

Alor Setar - Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.

EU launches Mediterranean migrant military mission

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers formally approved Monday the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean, officials said.

Demonstrators dig migrant 'graves' in Berlin

Berlin - Around 5,000 people joined a Berlin demonstration on Sunday by a controversial protest group which dug mock graves in front of parliament to highlight Europe's deadly migration crisis, police said.

Italy, France play down migrant border drama

Milan - Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande played down tensions Sunday over a migrant crisis which has seen hundreds of asylum seekers blocked at the border between the two countries.

Mass arrests after thousands rally against immigration in Bratislava

Bratislava - At least 140 people were arrested Saturday after violence broke out at an anti-immigration rally in Bratislava attended by thousands of people in protest at EU quotas on migrant numbers, local media said.

Berlin, Rome, Paris protesters say yes to migrants

Berlin - Thousands of people took to the streets in several European cities, in a show of solidarity with migrants seeking refuge in Europe and against austerity measures in debt-ridden Greece.

'Refugees welcome here,' say Berlin demonstrators

Berlin - Some 1,800 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to express their solidarity with migrants seeking refuge in Europe and against austerity measures in debt-ridden Greece, local police told AFP.

Sarkozy criticised in France, Italy over migrant remarks

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire in France and Italy on Friday over comments he made comparing the influx of migrants into Europe to water gushing from a burst pipe.

'The Dead Are Coming': Berlin activists bury refugee killed at sea

Berlin - With a warning that "the dead are coming", German activists staged a Berlin funeral Friday for a Syrian refugee who died on the Mediterranean, highlighting the tragedy of the thousands killed while trying to reach Europe.

EU approves military mission to tackle migrant smugglers: sources

Brussels - EU member states approved plans Friday to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, sources said.

OSCE calls for 'humane treatment' of migrants and refugees

Vienna - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe called Friday for countries to treat migrants "humanely", as the EU struggles to cope with tens of thousands of people arriving in rickety boats.

Successful states have 'moral duty' to migrants: Slovakia

Bratislava - Slovakia's president said Thursday that successful EU states such as his own have a "moral duty to help" those fleeing war and poverty, an idea opinion polls show a majority of his countrymen oppose.

Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU.

Greek island of Lesbos struggles with migrant arrivals

Mytilene - Some 25,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, have descended on the Aegean island of Lesbos so far this year, local officials say -- a massive increase that has piled pressure on debt-ridden Greece.

A life in limbo for migrants stuck on the French-Italian border

Ventimiglia - For Musa, camped on a rocky shore on the border between Italy and France, the future lies just metres away.

Theatre therapy: Italy's migrant drama moves from sea to stage

Rome - Joseph Eyube always felt there was a performer inside him waiting to get out."I'm a funny man," says the Nigerian asylum-seeker. "Sometimes when I was watching TV or a movie, I would think, 'I could do better than that guy'.
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Myra  Jathro and Melvin De Vera  a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro ...
Myra, Jathro and Melvin De Vera, a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro was born in Israel. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010, Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to d...
People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to d...
People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train  in Apizaco  Tlaxca...
Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israe...
A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israeli governament. People took the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against this possibility. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take ...
Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take the lead in UN climate change negotiations. But notice the banner being carried by the activists to the right-front of the picture.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
A still from one of the films.
A still from one of the films.
Amnesty International
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo tra...
Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.