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Migrant influx shifting but no let-up: Frontex

Varsovia - The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.

Frenzied rescues in Med save over 2,000 migrants

Rome - Rescue vessels in the Mediterranean worked flat out Friday to rescue over 2,000 people from flimsy dinghies as exhausted saviours accused the EU of turning a blind eye to the crisis.

Migrant rescuers accuse EU border agency of conspiracy

Rome - A Spanish group which has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex Wednesday of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.

Modern-day Vikings who roam Mediterranean to rescue migrants

Torch beams from rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean flash an SOS cry for help in the darkness and the Norwegian Siem Pilot does what it does best: rescuing migrants.

EU patrol rescues 900 migrants at sea: Frontex

Varsovia - The EU border agency Frontex said one of its maritime patrols rescued around 900 migrants on Thursday near the Greek island of Lesbos as weather conditions have made the sea crossing more dangerous.

Greece wants EU help sending migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece wants EU border agency Frontex to help send back to Turkey migrants deemed ineligible for asylum in Europe, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told reporters Saturday.

EU border agency has less than half requested guards: Deputy head

Madrid - EU countries have provided the bloc's Frontex border agency with less than half the personnel it has requested to deal with a record influx of migrants, the agency's deputy head said in an interview published Thursday.

800,000 'illegal entries' to EU in 2015: Border agency chief

Berlin - Migrants have made some 800,000 "illegal entries" to the European Union so far this year, the head of the bloc's border agency Frontex said in an interview with German newspaper Bild published Wednesday.

Over 710,000 migrants crossed into EU this year: Frontex

Varsovia - EU border agency Frontex said on Tuesday that 710,000 migrants entered the European Union in the first nine months of this year, compared to 282,000 in all of 2014, but cautioned that many people were counted twice.

Frontex chief demands shake-up as '630,000 migrants enter EU'

Paris - The EU's border agency chief has pleaded for radical changes to the way Europe is dealing with its migrant crisis as he revealed 630,000 people have entered the bloc illegally so far this year.

Half a million migrants counted at EU border

Varsovia - Over half a million migrants have crossed the European Union's border so far this year, up from 280,000 in 2014, the bloc's Frontex border agency said Tuesday -- but warned some people may have been counted twice.

Migrants using fake Syrian passports to enter EU: Border agency

Paris - A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Europe's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

EU border agency launches 'hotspot' to tackle migrant crisis

Varsovia - EU border agency Frontex on Wednesday launched its first so-called "hotspot" in Sicily designed to bring together European and international actors to help Italy tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

5,000 migrants rescued in Med since Friday: Frontex

Varsovia - More than 5,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean since Friday, according to Frontex, the European Union's border agency.

EU border agency expands migrant rescue operation

Varsovia - The EU's border agency said Tuesday it will expand its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean to help cope with an upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Europe to do more.

Iceland to Italy: Norse seamen battling a tide of human misery

- Nearly 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from home, the Icelandic coastguard's Tyr lurches wildly as it chases a suspect cargo ship off the coast of Italy in gale force winds.

Boat migrants in EU's hands as Italy weighs future of rescues

Rome - The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission.

Athens' Ambassador to US: Greece swamped by illegals

Athens - The Athens' Ambassador to the U.S. says Greece has been hit by a devastating wave of illegal immigration. He asserts that EU partners offer little practical support to cope with this economic burden.

Greece to be fined over migrant detention center conditions

Greece is to face fines for conditions at migrant detention centers which do not comply with EU regulations. Overcrowding and cramped conditions have resulted in outrage by human rights groups and protests by those detained.

Turkish authorities plan to unleash Syrian refugees on Europe

The dispatch of 1,800 guards to the Greek - Turkish Evros border was to thwart a plan by Turkish authorities to flood Europe with Syrian refugees, thus forcing Europe to deal with the Syrian issue.

Greece: Migrant wall on Turkish border to be completed shortly

Greece has announced that the construction of the controversial anti-migrant wall on the Greek-Turkish border by the Evros River, will be completed shortly. The wall is deemed to have practical and symbolic value.
 

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