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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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Mediterranean Migrant, Refugee Arrivals Top 100,000

Greece – Migrant and refugee arrivals in Greece and Italy in 2016 this week exceeded 100,000. As of 22/2, Greece alone had received some 102,547 arrivals since the beginning of the year. In 2015, migrant arrivals topped 100,000 in July. Over 413 migrants and refugees have also lost their lives during the same period, with […]

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Europol launches the European Migrant Smuggling Centre

Today Europol launched the new European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC). The goal of the Centre is to proactively support EU Member States in dismantling criminal networks involved in organised migrant smuggling. The Centre will focus on geographical criminal hotspots, and will build a better capability across the European Union to fight people smuggling networks. Dimitris […]

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Mediterranean Migrant and Refugee Arrivals Top 83,000 in 2016

Greece –  Migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe in 2016 yesterday reached an estimated 83,201, with some 77,303 of those arriving in the Greek islands from Turkey, according to International Organization for Migration. The number of arrivals in Greece by sea has fallen in February due to bad weather. An estimated 5,110 migrants arrived in […]

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The EU needs to overcome fear and divisions to safeguard Schengen, say MEPs

The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday’s plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU’s external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance of […]

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UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce arrest man suspected of murder and people smuggling

A man suspected of murder and of having a leading role in a people smuggling network has been arrested as part of a joint operation between the UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce and the Belgian Federal Police. Ukrainian national Marian Shkirko, 33, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers who executed two European Arrest Warrants […]

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Migrant Arrivals in Europe in 2016 Top 55,000, Over 200 Deaths

Greece – IOM estimates that 55,528 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe during the first 28 days of 2016 –  a rate of nearly 2,000 per day. The daily average is nearly equivalent to the total numbers for the month of January as recently as two years ago. During the same period IOM […]

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PORT OF CALAIS RE-OPENS FOLLOWING MIGRANT ACTIVITY

Following a period of migrant activity at the Port of Calais which caused disruption to ferry sailings earlier this evening, services are returning to normal. The Port of Dover remained open for business throughout the period of disruption. Traffic is free flowing along the M20/A20 and M2/A2 approaches to Dover and there is space available on sailings […]

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Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 36,556 in First 21 Days of 2016: IOM

Greece – With more than a week left in the first month of 2016, IOM reports that deaths of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean already make this the deadliest January on record. Deaths in the past 24 hours bring to at least 113 the total number of fatalities recorded, which is more than the […]

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In Davos, German President Flags Limits to Refugee Influx

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January 2016 – Measures by the German government to limit the numbers of refugees entering the country are “extremely likely” to be introduced, announced Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, in an address to participants at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Such a limitation strategy is […]

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IOM Counts Latest Mediterranean Arrivals in 2016, German 2015 Asylum Statistics

Greece – One week into the New Year, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 46 migrants or refugees have been reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean, the majority dying in a pair of shipwrecks off the Turkish coast last Tuesday. That’s already more than half the fatalities reported in all of January last year, and […]

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MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION (MOAS) RESCUES SHIPWRECKED SYRIANS ON GREEK ISLAND OF AGATHONISI

AGATHONISI Early yesterday morning 35 refugees endured five hours in heavy seas only to end up shipwrecked upon jagged rocks on a remote Aegean island called Agathonisi (pop. 100). Local fishermen where the first to find them and alerted the Hellenic Coast Guard. The 60-metre MOAS ship Responder was launched by the joint rescue coordination […]

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