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UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark

Photo by Frontex More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. The bleak milestone was confirmed after more than 850 lives were lost in June and July alone, marking the Mediterranean crossing as the deadliest sea route in the world. […]

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MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DISMANTLES MIGRANT SMUGGLING NETWORK

Europol and Eurojust today supported a joint investigation team (JIT), consisting of investigators and judicial authorities from five different EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands and the UK), in dismantling a migrant smuggling network operating across Europe. Participating law enforcement authorities carried out 42 searches across Europe and arrrested 26 individuals (8 in Belgium, 7 in Bulgaria […]

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Gallup Number of Potential Migrants Worldwide Tops 700 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After cooling off in the wake of the Great Recession, worldwide, people’s desire to migrate permanently to another country showed signs of rebounding between 2013 and 2016. Gallup found 14% of the world’s adults — which translates to nearly 710 million people — saying they would like to move to another country […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Approach 43,000 in 2017; Deaths: 962

Switzerland – IOM reports that 42,974 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 April, over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 205,613 through the 19 April 2016. Mediterranean Developments TOTAL ARRIVALS BY SEA AND DEATHS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 2016-2017   1 JANUARY – […]

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Organised crime network involved in facilitated illegal immigration dismantled in Spain

With the support of Europol, the Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network accused of facilitating illegal immigration from Morocco to Spain, as well as trafficking hashish. It is estimated that the criminal network could have facilitated the entry of at least 300 irregular migrants, some of them minors, and made EUR 350 000 […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 11,010; Deaths: 255

Switzerland – IOM reports that 11,010 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 5 February – about 85 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 74,808 during the first 36 days of 2016. IOM has registered 4,879 more arrivals since its last report (3/2), of whom 1,596 […]

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U.S. COAST GUARD REPATRIATES 38 CUBAN MIGRANTS

MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 38 Cuban migrants Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of three separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S. border and prevented these sea voyages from ending in tragedy. “We discourage anyone from taking […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 345,440; Deaths at Sea: 4,655

Switzerland – IOM reports that 345,440 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 20 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 171,264 people have arrived in Greece and 168,542 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which time some […]

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US. Coast Guard rescues 14 Cuban migrants stranded on Monito Island, Puerto Rico

The Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez small boat on scene with a Puerto Rico Police marine unit and a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin rescue helicopter during the rescue of 14 Cuban migrants, nine men and five women, who were stranded at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on Monito Island, Puerto Rico Oct. 25, 2016.  The migrants were safely recovered […]

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LATEST TRENDS IN MIGRANT SMUGGLING: EPMT one year anniversary infographic

Between early 2015 and the summer of 2016, the picture of migrant smuggling to and within the EU has undergone significant changes. One key development is the shift in migrant smuggling routes used to enter the EU and reach preferred destination countries. In the past weeks, crossings along the Eastern Mediterranean route have increased, whereas […]

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NUMBER OF MIGRANTS ARRIVING IN ITALY UP 12% IN JULY

The number of migrants arriving in Italy in July increased to almost 25,300, up 12% when compared to the same month of 2015. This brought the total number of migrants detected in the Central Mediterranean to nearly 95,000 in the first seven months of 2016, in line with the figure from last year. Nigerians and […]

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USS Carney Aids in Rescue of 97 Migrants in Mediterranean Sea

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29. Carney provided aid for the migrants until the SOS Mediterranee ship MS Aquarius arrived and took the migrants to safety. QUOTE: “Today Team Carney aided in the rescue of […]

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Migrant, Refugee Deaths at Sea Pass 3,000 as Arrivals Near 250,000 – IOM reports

Italy – IOM reports an estimated 249,854 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 24 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece. The 250,000 total is likely to be surpassed in the next few hours as recently rescued migrants reach Italian shores. According to IOM estimates, the latest discovery of 39 bodies washed […]

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Austria, Hungary and Europol dismantle migrant smuggling ring

Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) has supported the Austrian and Hungarian authorities to detect and dismantle an Austrian-based organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling. On 21 July 2016, Europol deployed a Mobile Analysis Support Team to Austria and Hungary to support the local authorities in organising a joint action day against the network. […]

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Six richest countries host less than 9% of refugees – Oxfam

The six wealthiest countries – which make up more than half the global economy – host less than nine percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries and territories are shouldering most of the responsibility, Oxfam said today. Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, South Africa as well as the Occupied Palestinian Territory host over 50 percent […]

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Latest trends in migrant smuggling: nearly 7000 suspected smugglers reported, increased exploitation, higher prices

Between January and June 2016, Europol received intelligence on more than 7000 newly-identified migrant smuggling suspects. 95% of them are male, with an average age of 36. Recent data also shows that migrant smuggling remains an increasingly profitable business for criminals, with the prices for migrant smuggling having tripled. These are only a few of […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 184,546; Deaths: 1357

Greece – International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 184,546 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 1 May. Latest fatalities stand at 1,357, which includes reports of at least four deadly shipwrecks off Libya’s coast since last Friday (29 April). whose fatalities are estimated […]

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Sweden Government proposes amendments to asylum seekers’ right to assistance

The right to assistance will cease to apply for people whose refusal-of-entry or expulsion order has become final and non-appealable. This is what the Government is proposing in a Bill to the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). The proposal does not apply to families with children and is part of the agreement reached by the Government and […]

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Norway steps up efforts to help refugees in Greece

The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed that an additional NOK 31 million of the funds provided to Greece under the EEA and Norway Grants should be used to deal with the flow of refugees into Greece. This means that a total of NOK 231 million will be used for this purpose in the […]

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Europol and INTERPOL take steps against organised crime behind migrant smuggling

The 2nd Europol and INTERPOL Operational Forum on Countering Migrant Smuggling Networks, held at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague on 22 and 23 February, outlined important measures against the organised criminal networks behind people smuggling. The Forum discussed concrete operational actions in key areas related to migrant smuggling, including: illicit money flows and money laundering; […]

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