UN chief says `other ways` than military to tackle migrant crisis

 UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday there were perhaps "other ways" than proposed EU military action to stop smugglers from shipping migrants over the Mediterranean to Europe.

EU border agency expands migrant rescue operation

The EU`s border agency said Tuesday it will expand its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean to help cope with an upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Europe to do more.

Gambian migrants undeterred by horrors of Med crossings

Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats.

Activists denounce Africa`s silence over migrant drownings

Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

French patrol boat rescues 297 migrants off Italian coast

A French Navy patrol ship rescued 297 migrants from a fishing boat in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, French police said, the latest in a stream of more than 50,000 migrants to have entered Europe by sea this year.

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

 Australia reiterated its backing Tuesday for its regional neighbours` efforts to stem a surge in boatpeople in Southeast Asia by turning back vessels -- a controversial strategy to deter people-smuggling also used by Canberra.

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

European Union ministers are set to approve plans Monday for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean after a series of shipwrecks killed hundreds of migrants.

Italy reports 3,600 migrant rescues in two days

Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on Thursday, with sea conditions seen as perfect for attempting the crossing.

Mediterranean migrants should be turned back: UK minister

Migrants who attempt to reach the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean should be turned back, the British interior minister wrote in an article on Wednesday.

Many would-be migrants to EU die unrecorded, finds study

Almost all the migrants who died seeking a better life in Europe over the past quarter century vanished without trace, according to research released by a Dutch university on Tuesday.

Many would-be migrants to EU die unrecorded, study finds

 Almost all the migrants who died seeking a better life in Europe over the past quarter century vanished without trace, according to research released by a Dutch university on Tuesday.

Tunisia battles against the odds to rescue migrants

 Scanning the horizon with binoculars, Tunisian coastguard Islam Braiek is on the lookout for the growing number of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe.

EU to propose mandatory migrant settlement quotas: Report
EU to propose mandatory migrant settlement quotas: Report

The executive body of the European Union will propose that countries share responsibility for housing thousands of refugees arriving in Europe from across the Mediterranean, The Times reported on Monday.

German Navy ship in Mediterranean migrant rescue

A German Navy ship on Friday came to the rescue of a boat carrying some 200 migrants in the Mediterranean, the Defence Ministry said, days after it joined a beefed-up EU mission.

Italy says may have found ship that carried 900 drowned migrants

Italy`s navy said on Thursday it believed it had found the wreck of a boat that sank last month killing up to 900 migrants off the coast of Libya, the Mediterranean`s most deadly migrant tragedy in living memory.

New warnings over "heartbreaking" Mediterranean migrant crisis

More than half the nearly 6,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend arrived in Italy Monday as aid workers warned of no end in sight to a "heartbreaking" crisis.

Spain rescues 21 migrants in boat off south coast

Spanish police intercepted and rescued 21 migrants in a boat off the southern coast early on Monday, a police source said.

Around 6,800 migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said.

More than 3,400 migrants rescued at sea in Mediterranean

More than 3,400 migrants were rescued at sea, mainly off Libya, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores following a series of deadly shipwrecks.

Over 300 Senegalese, Malian migrants drowned in Mediterranean

More than 300 Senegalese and Malian migrants have died in recent sinkings in the Mediterranean, their governments said today, as pressure mounted on European nations to take action.