migrants

Italy Rescues 910 Boat Migrants, Nearly 600 Saved Off Libya

MILAN/TRIPOLI, March 20 – Italy’s coast guard said more than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate operations in the Strait of Sicily on Saturday, while Libyan authorities said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants from four boats, one of which sank. A spokesman for Libyan naval forces, Ayoub Qassem, said the bodies of four

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EU-Turkey Migrant Scheme Could Start Sunday: EU officials

By Francesco Guarascio and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 18 – A plan to return all irregular migrants arriving on Greek islands back to Turkey could take effect on Sunday if EU leaders strike a deal on Friday with the Turkish prime minister, senior EU officials said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned overnight that any delay

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EU Leaders Meet on Libya as Migrant Flows Rise

BRUSSELS, March 18 – Europe’s major powers will discuss Libya in the margins of an EU summit on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on efforts to end the political chaos and conflict in the country and rising migrant flows. The leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, along with Spain, Malta and the EU’s foreign

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It Felt Like a Death Machine, Says Migrant Forced Back to Greece

By Bushra Shakhshir IDOMENI, Greece, March 16 – It took Hassan Omar four long hours to cross into Macedonia, his wheelchair pushed by strangers across the muddy paths of Greece’s border – but a day later he found himself back at the squalid migrant camp he had left. Like scores of people, many from war zones

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Macedonia Dumps Migrants Back in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

By Ognen Teofilovski and Michele Kambas IDOMENI, Greece/NICOSIA, March 15 – Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart. The police action was part of

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EU-Turkey Migrant Plan is Morally, Legally Flawed: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 13 (Reuters) – A draft European Union plan to send back some migrants to Turkey has legal and moral flaws and could put vulnerable people at risk, the head of Amnesty International said, calling on Europe to take in more people seeking refuge instead. Under a tentative deal struck last Monday, Turkey agreed

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EU Ministers Cautious on Easing Visa Rules for Turkey Under Migration Deal

By Tom Körkemeier and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 10 – European Union interior ministers expressed reservations on Thursday over easing visa requirements for Turkey, a key element of a tentative deal with Ankara that Brussels and Germany hope will halt the mass influx of refugees and migrants to Europe. EU and Turkish leaders agreed in

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Five Iranians, Afghans Drown Trying to Reach Greece From Turkey

ISTANBUL, March 10 (Reuters) – Five migrants, including a baby, hoping to reach Europe via Greece drowned when their speedboat capsized off the Turkish coast, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday. The Turkish Coast Guard rescued nine people after they called for help late on Wednesday and recovered five bodies, it said. The group, comprised

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Europe’s Deal With Turkey Fails to Deter Migrant Attempts For Now

By Dasha Afanasieva and Melih Aslan DIDIM, Turkey, March 9 – Turkey’s coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara’s efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. A group of 42

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Macedonia Closes Border to Illegal Migrants

SKOPJE, March 9 – Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said on Wednesday. Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border. Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis

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