European countries have spent EUR 11.3 billion in the last 15 years on deporting illegal migrants and another EUR 1.6 billion on border control around "Fortress Europe", journalists said in a study published on Wednesday.
Tunisia`s navy rescued more than 350 illegal migrants off its coast and was searching for hundreds more on Wednesday after they tried to sail from neighbouring Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the local Red Cross said.
Greek authorities say the coast guard has picked up 216 people in the Aegean Sea who entered the country illegally by sailing from the Turkish coast to nearby islands overnight, raising the total this week to more than 1,500.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for strict punishment to migrants, who illegally leave Bangladesh and set out towards Southeast Asia by sea, and the human-traffickers who assist them, media reported on Monday.
Libya's internationally recognised government rejected today any military operation against ships carrying illegal migrants after EU nations approved plans for a naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers.
A joint patrol team of Bangladesh coast guards and navy detained a trawler in the Bay of Bengal Tuesday after it was cast adrift with 116 Malaysia-bound illegal migrants on board, a coast guard commander said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to complete fencing work along the Indo-Bangla border within three months to check cross-border influx of illegal Bangladesh nationals into Assam and streamline the process to deport them back.
Drawing flak from BJP over the Burdwan blast and the alleged involvement of a Bangladesh-based terror group, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the Centre of being lax in manning international borders.
Arunachal Pradesh will soon request the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to construct a "Hinterland Highway" to arrest migration of people from border areas near the Line of Actual Control to urban centres.
Hundreds of people forced their way through razor-wire barriers into Spain`s North African enclave of Melilla on Wednesday, highlighting increasing pressure on a rare land-based route into Europe for illegal migrants.
BJP President Rajnath Singh on Sunday said people who came from Bangladesh after 1971 and settled in Assam or elsewhere in the country should be treated as illegal migrants and necessary action be taken against them.