Philippines offers refuge to Rohingya migrants

The Philippines has signalled it is ready to take in thousands of migrants who are stranded on Asia’s seas, the first country to offer shelter after its south-east Asian neighbours blocked them from entering. Manila, a signatory to the United Nation’s refugee convention, said it would help as it denied[…]

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EU asks UN for help with migrant crisis

Migrants intercepted at sea will not “be sent back against their will”, the European Union’s foreign policy chief has told the UN Security Council, in the context of a proposed EU maritime operation against the growing wave of migrant smuggling from North Africa. Federica Mogherini addressed the Security Council on[…]

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Italy rescues 600 migrants from Mediterranean

Italy has rescued about 600 migrants in six operations, one in cooperation with Maltese authorities, in the past 24 hours, the country’s coastguard told Al Jazeera. It was not immediately clear whether the rescued people included 100 Somali migrants who were stranded on a plastic boat in the Mediterranean on[…]

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Rescued migrants arrive in Italy port

Nearly 5,800 migrants rescued from boats off the coast of Libya over the past 48 hours have arrived on the Italian port of Pozzallo, according to coastguard officials. The development comes as part of European coastguard agencies’ biggest rescue operation this year. Al Jazeera’s Stephanie Dekker, reporting on Monday from[…]

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Malta honours Mediterranean migrant boat victims

Twenty-four coffins containing the only bodies recovered from the Mediterranean’s worst-ever migrant disaster have been laid out for a memorial service in Malta for the estimated 800 victims. Malta’s president and prime minister, Italy’s interior minister and the EU’s migration commissioner were present for Thursday’s service, which includes Christian and[…]

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Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Italy, 10 dead

Nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees were rescued off Italy’s coast, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, officials said Wednesday. The rescue vessels, including coast guard, navy and cargo ships, saved 941 people in seven separate operations that began Tuesday, the coast guard said. The survivors were being ferried[…]

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